The Adirondack Park learned concerning information last week: for the first time, Emerald Ash Borer has been found within the boundaries of the Park. An invasive insect from northeast Asia, Emerald Ash Borer—commonly shortened to “EAB”—has been spreading throughout the United States since at least the early 2000s, but the Adirondack Park had long managed to avoid the destructive presence of this insect despite it being documented in other parts of New York.
Emerald Ash Borer is highly destructive to American species of Ash, primarily in its larval stage; once present inside the bark of an Ash tree, this invasive species can kill it within 2 to 4 years. It has been spread throughout the United States as a hitchhiker in wooden shipping pallets and firewood. For this reason, New York State only allows campers to transport firewood a maximum of 50 miles from where it was harvested.
Now that Emerald Ash Borer is here, how do we stop it from spreading further? There happens to be an app for that!
Early Detection is Key