An article about the study on Emerald Ash Borer and Woodpeckers:
On Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:41:08 -0500, John Snell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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.
> Still learning to see,
> John Snell