Lawrence Township Hopes to Stop the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

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    Lined with infected Ash trees, Dix Lane will see a gradual landscape change as the trees are removed and new trees planted

    If you’ve camped anywhere in the U.S.you’ve seen “Don’t move firewood” warnings. Following this directive might seem rather silly if you have perfectly good firewood sitting in your backyard and you’d rather not pay for it in campground offices, but it’s for a good reason. An infestation of Emerald Ash Borer beetles has spread across the country causing the death of tens of millions of Ash trees.

    See also “Tree-Killing Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Three NJ Counties.”

    The beetle, originally from Asia, first entered the U.S. in 2002 via ships that transported infected Ash trees. Landowners purchased the trees at local nurseries, not knowing parasitic larvae were buried within the trees. As the larvae grew, the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients was disrupted, leading to its death within two years. Upon completion of a beetle’s maturation, adult beetles simply fly on to the next Ash tree and lay their eggs in order to repeat the deadly cycle.

    Holes marking an Ash tree's infestation with the Emerald Ash Borer beetle
    Holes marking an Ash tree’s infestation with the Emerald Ash Borer beetle

    In hopes of controlling the spread locally, and ensuring homeowner safety from falling dead tree branches, Lawrence Township will be treating infected trees on Township property, removing them if treatment does not work, and replacing them to preserve the landscape. To do this, the Township will use an appropriation obtained through the 2016 operating budget and a $30,000 Community Stewardship Incentive grant.

    The Emerald Ash Borer beetle
    The Emerald Ash Borer beetle

    News idea for Lawrence Township and Lawrenceville? Email Angela Jacobs (angela@mercerme.com).

     

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    Angela Jacobs
    Angela Jacobs is a freelance writer who lives in Hopewell Township with her teenaged children and partner of 20 years. Despite her best efforts to simplify her life, last year she added four chickens and a second rescue dog to her pet menagerie. Unfortunately, an interim of peaceful coexistence ended with the untimely demise of two of the chickens at the paws of Jax, the new dog. An egregious lack of impulse control has since been diagnosed resulting in an indefinite separation of Jax from all present and future chickens, her two cockatiels, open garbage cans, snacks open on tables, abandoned stuffed animals, etc. She does however gently encourage him toward a certain industrious squirrel that has spelunked its way through her backyard in search of the most perfect hiding spot for its nuts.

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