HARTWICK, N.Y. -- Senator Chuck Schumer is asking for the federal government to help stop the spread of a beetle that is targeting specific trees that could potentially affect business within the baseball community.
NewsChannel 2's Callihan Marshall went to the Cooperstown Bat Company for the senator’s press conference.
The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle that Schumer says is killing ash trees, which is used to make some of Cooperstown Bat Company's baseball bats.
He says the bugs have already made their mark across the Southern Tier.
Schumer’s concern is that this will drive up the price of raw material and cut into company's profits because they would have to order from elsewhere.
Forest experts say the beetle made its way to New York in 2009 and occupies about 30 counties, one of them being Otsego County, particularly Unadilla. They've been there since 2013. They have done treatments to try and get rid of them and have been successful.
The senator addressed this issue a couple years ago, and says it’s gotten worse and more needs to be done.
Owners with the Cooperstown bat company say a quarter of the bats they make are made with the ash tree.
They are using other trees like maple too, but the ash tree makes up a lot of their inventory, so they're asking for something to be done now, before it gets worse.