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For Release: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Emerald Ash Borer Discussion on August 17, 2016

Woodland Land Owners in Oneida County Invited to Attend

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Tug Hill Tomorrow and the New York State Tug Hill Commission are holding a discussion on the emerald ash borer (EAB) on August 17, 2016 at the Town of Lee Municipal Building, Lee Center, NY at 6:00 p.m. in the evening. The EAB is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green, white and black ash. Earlier this summer DEC, and the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of EAB in the City of Rome, Oneida County.

Oneida County has 9% Ash based on a 2012 U.S. Forest Service Inventory. New York has more than 900 million ash trees. Green ash, in particular, has been widely planted as an ornamental tree in yards. Locating infested sites early can significantly delay the loss of ash trees and decrease the subsequent costs for their removal and replacement. Ash wood is valued for its strength and elasticity. Ash seed are fed on by numerous animals, butterflies and moths. The discussion will focus on preventative measures and public awareness of EAB.

What: EAB Informational Meeting. Light refreshments will be served.
When: August 17, 2016 (RSVP due 8/12/16)
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Town of Lee Municipal Building, 5808 Stokes Lee Center Road, Lee Center, NY 13363
Who: Glen Roberts, DEC Region 6 Forester: (315) 376-3521 or email

To learn more about EAB, as well as efforts to reduce its negative impact and save trees, visit DEC's website.
To report signs of EAB, or ash trees showing symptoms of EAB attack, call DEC's Forest Health Information Line at 1-866-640-0652 or submit an EAB report available on DEC's website.

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