Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New York Forests Threatened By Invasive Insects

New York forests have recently been threatened by several invasive insects that kill trees. These insects, also referred to as "the holy trinity of invasive species", are the emerald ash borer, the eastern longhorned beetle and the hemlock woolly adelgid. To respond to these invasions, the New York Department of Enviornmental Conservation (DEC) instituted several new regulations to limit the movement of firewood in the state. The import of firewood is prohibited unless it is first treated with insecticides. Local firewood can be transported no more than 50 miles from its natural area. And all firewood must be accompanied by a receipt. These regulations were all made in response to the invasive insects threatening New York's forests. Click here to read more.