NY officials launch ash borer awareness program

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Thousands of ash trees around the state will be festooned with ribbons and signs this week to draw attention to
a destructive insect that's spread by people moving firewood from
place to place.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has declared this
week "Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week." DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says the goal is to educate people about how they can help protect trees from infestation that devastates the landscape,
habitats, and the forest product industry.

State Forester Robert Davies says the only way to slow the spread of this pest is by raising awareness so people can spot infestations early, and to encourage people not to transport firewood.

In cooperation with the USDA, several partners are placing purple panel traps throughout the state to help find new infestations.

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