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Invasive insects spreading.

DEC recently confirmed the presence of the southern pine beetle (SPB) in three locations on Long Island. Dead and dying pine trees were discovered in the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Connetquot River State Park and the Henry's Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest. This is the first detection of SPB, a bark beetle native to the southern United States, in New York State.

Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Westchester and Broome counties. The insect was first detected in NY in Cattaraugus County, in June 2009, and is now confirmed in 24 counties in the state. Quarantine regulations prohibit any movement of firewood and logs containing live EAB. DEC's firewood regulations prohibit movement of untreated firewood more than 50 miles from its source or origin. Report signs of EAB or SPB, or trees showing symptoms of invasive insect attack, to DEC's Forest Health Diagnostic Lab by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-866-640-0652 or emailing foresthealth@dec.ny.gov. Please include photos if possible.

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Title Annotation:BRIEFLY; southern pine beetle and emerald ash borer
Publication:New York State Conservationist
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Feb 1, 2015
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