As many know, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is rapidly expanding its invasion of the country. Readers should be aware that 95% of the new infestations reported resulted from the transport of infested firewood from other areas. Not transporting firewood is the number one way to slow the spread.
Though EAB is not yet in Vermont, there are major infestations on four sides and our days are, unfortunately, numbered. The impact in other areas has been huge and we have every reason to expect the same in Vermont where 20% of the forest is ash. Many communities throughout the state, including Montpelier, are developing plans to deal with the invasion.
A recently published article suggests that woodpeckers and bark foraging birds may play a significant, adaptive role in controlling the insect once it has become established.
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