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National Program Looks to Survey the Impact of the Emerald Ash Borer

Author: Don Martelli
Published: May 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

It's the time of year that those who love the outdoors and nature, will leave their home to explore the world around them.

For those in New Hampshire, agriculture officials are telling people who love to walk in the woods that they'll be seeing a lot of purple this summer.

Officials are conducting a survey this year to determine if the emerald ash borer is wreaking havoc around us.

According to a Boston.com story, purple prism traps resembling box kites will be seen in ash trees as part of a survey to determine the emerald ash borer has made its way to the state.

These aggressive insects are from Asia and can devastate local tree populations. To date, they have not been detected in New Hampshire.

The bugs are attracted to the color and scent of the trap.

New Hampshire is involved in a national project designed to monitor the progress of the insect, which has destroyed millions of acres of trees in 15 other states and Canadian provinces.

In Connecticut, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) along with The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System said yesterday 590 detection traps will soon be set out across the state to monitor for the presence the bug.

Recently, the insect has been found along the western edge of Dutchess County in New York — about 25 miles from the Connecticut border. This year’s detection trap effort will be expanded to all counties including Windham and New London.

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Known on the social web as “BigGuyD,” Don Martelli is just a dad, moonlighting as a digital marketer, photog and civilian journalist. He's the executive editor for Technorati. Connect with him at www.donmartelli.com.

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