Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pennsylvania Dealing With Exotic Woodland Pests

Pennsylvania woodland owners are dealing with numerous forest health issues including, insects, diseases, invasive plants, and overabundant deer.  Now one more forest health concern may be added to the list.  While landowners figure out how to deal with hemlock wooly adelgid and emerald ash borer another exotic insect pest is knocking on our doorstep, the Asian longhorned beetle.  The State's Department of Agriculture is scrambling to keep this insect from entering the state.

While we try to keep the longhorned beetle from entering our state, many landowners are trying to figure out how to deal with their ash resource and emerald ash borer.  The state of Minnesota is dealing with the introduction of the ash borer just as Pennsylvania is.  The University of Minnesota has recently published an excellent resource that appears to be an excellent management guide.  

State Working to Keep Longhorned Invader Out (WHPTV 21 8-16-11)
Agriculture Secretary George Greig today asked the public to help keep the Asian Longhorned Beetle from entering the state, saying the non-native, invasive wood-boring pest could severely harm Pennsylvania’s $25 billion hardwoods industry.

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Emerald Ash Borer and Your Minnesota Woodlands: Management GuidelinesAsh Management Guidelines for Private Forest Owners is a new resource for family woodland owners in Minnesota who have ash trees on their land. This guide book is a thorough overview of the ash resource in Minnesota including: ash’s history on the landscape; ash tree identification; information on the emerald ash borer (EAB); how to identify native plant communities on your property; wildlife impacted by ash; and other related implications of ash forests and EAB. (University of Minnesota)

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waynedeer said...

Is this the pest that carries the emerald ash borer disease in Minnesota? Where can I learn more about this? Thanks for your help!

David R. Jackson said...

I made a post about emerald ash borer back in December of 2012. It is loaded with good information. Here is the link:http://centralpaforest.blogspot.com/2012/12/emerald-ash-borer-continues-to.html