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Vt. working to prevent arrival of ash tree pest

April 10, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation is reminding people the best way to prevent the spread of an invasive insect that kills ash trees is to burn only local firewood.

The emerald ash borer is an invasive pest from China first detected in this country in 2002. Since then it has been discovered in 19 states, including New York and Massachusetts and the province of Quebec.

Earlier this week officials in New Hampshire said they had found infested trees in the Concord area.

Vermont officials have set up a monitoring system to look for the pest

Infested areas are subject to state and federal quarantines. The quarantine also regulates movement of ash nursery stock and other ash wood products that could spread the ash borer.

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