To report a possible sighting of the Emerald Ash Borer in Vermont, please visit https://www.vtinvasives.org/ .
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered in Vermont for the first time in late February, 2018. The invasive pest was found on private property in Orange County by a forester conducting a land management survey for the property owner. The evidence of EAB was hidden well, deep in the woods, but knowing what to look for was important for the forester in identifying the signs of EAB.
Vermont's Congressman Peter Welch held a press conference on March 26th in Randolph to address the discovery of EAB in Vermont, and how the federal government will help Vermont address the situation. Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts and other state were present as well. Secretary Tebbetts delivered the unforntunate news that EAB had been discovered in 2 other counties in Vermont since the original finding.
In mid-March of 2018, Agency of Agriculture entomologist Judy Rosovsky took a tour of the woods where EAB was found, and demonstrated how to identify the bug based on signs in the forest. She also emphasized how important it is to find all areas of the state where the bug has taken up residence, if there are more, to allow officials to limit its spread, if possible. We hope you will watch the video below, which contains imagery of the EAB signs in Vermont, to learn how you can help.
On March 15th, 2018, an EAB informational meeting was held in Barre at the First Presbyterian Church, by state and federal officials, to discuss the discovery of EAB, what it means for landowners and the lumber industry, and the future. The meeting was broadcast live on Facebook by the Agency of Agriculture, and can be watched in the below two videos.
Below are links to the three PowerPoints shown to attendees at the Barre informational meeting. They are available for download.
Please visit the Department of Forest Parks & Recreation Firewood and Invasive Species page for information about the risks of moving firewood from place-to-place, and Vermont laws and regulations impacting firewood transportation.
For more imagery of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation in Orange County, Vermont, please visit the below Dropbox location for downloadable images. These images can be utilized with an attached courtesy to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.