New Hampshire officials confirmed on Friday, April 5, that emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive wood boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has been found in the state. Specimens from a suspect tree in Concord were collected and sent to scientists at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, which confirmed the insect's identity.
EAB is native to China and eastern Asia. Since its first U.S. detection in Michigan more than 10 years ago, EAB has been responsible for the decline or death of tens of millions of U.S. ash trees. The interstate movement of firewood from quarantine areas is an especially high-risk pathway for spreading EAB. According to the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, EAB now occurs in 19 states and two Canadian provinces.
The finding in Concord is the easternmost detection in North America. It was detected in Western Massachusetts last summer. To read TCIA's official press release, click here.
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