State Officials Confirm Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Massachusetts for First Time (PDF | 24 KB) (Sep 12, 2012)
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Officials with the Massachusetts Department
of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and
the Department of Agricultural Resources
(DAR) have announced that the emerald
ash borer (EAB)
has been detected in Massachusetts. The destructive
beetle was detected in the western Massachusetts
Town of Dalton on Aug 31, 2012, and was
confirmed by federal officials on Sep
6. Massachusetts is the 18th state in the
country to detect EAB.
past meeting information to learn more
about recent public meetings and view the presentations.
If you think you have seen EAB or
signs of EAB tree
damage in Massachusetts, use the Emerald
Ash Borer Reporting Form.
Boxwood Blight Found in Massachusetts (Dec 2011)
University of Massachusetts Extension. Agriculture
and Landscape Program.
In December 2011, the UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab working with samples collected by MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) inspectors positively identified boxwood blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) in Massachusetts. This disease is spread primarily by water (rain splash, irrigation, runoff, etc.) and by the movement of plant material in the trade. The best management strategy at this point, before more is known about this pathogen, is to not introduce any boxwoods from unverified sources, either into the nursery or landscape.
Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program
Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach
longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis, "ALB"), a pest of
hardwood trees including maple, birch and horse chestnut, was first discovered
in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2008. Since their discovery, $50 million in federal
and state money has been spent to eradicate the beetle, and 25,000 infested trees
in the Worcester area have been cut down in an effort to halt the spread. See
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Asian
Longhomed Beetle site for the latest federal news and information, and survey
and treatment maps.
If you think you have seen this beetle,
we encourage you to submit a report
and photos, or you can call the toll-free
hotline at 1-866-702-9938.
Hot Topic: Zebra Mussel
Massachusetts Department of Conservation
Zebra mussels, a highly aggressive aquatic
invasive species, was discovered at Laurel
Lake in Aug 2009. A Clean
Boat Cerfication Form (PDF | 647 KB) is
required for all watercraft at state boat ramps
that are determined to be a high or moderate
risk for zebra mussel colonization. Failure
to comply can result in a fine.