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bos2Invasive insect poses unprecedented threat to urban forests

By Dylan Reynolds – Chesapeake Bay Program – August 16, 2019
In 2002, a green, jewel-like beetle was discovered in southeastern Michigan. Only a half-inch in length, this nonnative insect has proven to be invasive, killing hundreds of millions of ash trees across the United States. Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) calls the emerald ash borer “the most destructive invasive forest insect ever to have invaded North America” and some estimate that the beetle could do $20 to $60 billion dollars in damage if left unchecked. The emerald ash borer has been reported in 35 states across the country, including all six Chesapeake Bay watershed states and Washington D.C. Read full blog post here.

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