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Asian Longhorned Beetles in JP -- Please see info below

FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL OFFICIALS

ANNOUNCE DISCOVERY OF ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLES

ON GROUNDS OF BOSTON’S FAULKNER
HOSPITAL

Six infested trees in Jamaica Plain removed this morning represent first confirmed Massachusetts presence of ALB outside Worcester County

To report suspicious tree damage, call the toll-free Asian longhorned beetle hotline at 866-702-9938.

The community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13, from 6-8 p.m. in the
Franklin
Park
Clubhouse on
Circuit
Drive
in
Franklin
Park
.

An education session for those involved in the wood and wood products industries will be Thursday, July 8, from 1:30-4:30
p.m.
in the
Franklin
Park
Clubhouse on
Circuit
Drive
in
Franklin
Park
.

DCR officials already have declared a regulated area around the site where the infested trees were found. The area extends in a 1.5-mile radius from the site.
No wood or wood products are allowed to leave that area. (A map of the area is
attached with this press release and also can be viewed at
www.mass.gov/dcr.)

These beetles are not harmful to humans, but are harmful to trees. To report suspicious tree damage, view photographs and videos of tree damage, or read
about the Asian longhorned beetle, visit http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/ar/archive/jun00/asian0600.htm or call the toll-free Asian longhorned beetle
hotline at
866-702-9938.

For property owners clearing limbs or other wood debris from their yards and properties, and anyone else wanting to dispose of wood, a drop-off area will be set up within the regulated area. The location and
any additional details will be posted as soon as
possible.

Colleen Keller
JP Neighborhood Coordinator
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
City Hall, Room 708
Office: 617-635-4855
Fax: 617-635-3498

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Comment by Captain John Greland on July 6, 2010 at 6:04pm
As you have probably heard by now, 6 red maples infested by the Asian Long-Horned Beetles were discovered on the property of the Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain. The trees have already been removed by the US Dept. of Agriculture and the State team. Everyone is hopeful that this was an isolated infestation but USDA, MADA, DCR and others will be surveying areas within a 1 1/2 mile radius of the infestation. This means that officials will want to survey trees on both public and private property over the next months. USDA will provide photo id's to all tree presonnel.

There will be a community meeting on Tuesday, July 13th at 6:00pm at the Franklin Park Clubhouse on Circuit Drive. The US DA will update everyone on what they have found, what our park users should look for, and how to report it. I hope you can send someone to the meeting. In the meantime, if you have any questions please call their hotline 866-702-9938 (toll free).

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