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Our Trees are Under Attack

Published on March 7, 2019 by Hal

The trees of Massachusetts are endangered by invasive insects: the Asian Longhorned Beetle, the Spotted Lanternfly, and the Emerald Ash Borer. The Asian Longhorned Beetle is responsible for the destruction of over 36,000 trees in Worcester over the last 10 years and poses a continuing threat to trees of our area. The Spotted Lanternfly, a sap-feeding invasive insect from Asia, poses a threat to 70 different plants and crops, including apples, grapes, and hops. The Emerald Ash Borer is an emerging threat to the ash trees of New England.

On Thursday April 4, 2019, SOLF will sponsor a presentation by Joshua Bruckner on these invasive insects. His talk will focus on the threats posed by these insects, what is being done to combat them, how to identify them and their damage, and how to report any sightings.

Joshua Bruckner is the Asian longhorned beetle outreach coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. He works to spread information and awareness about the Asian longhorned beetle and other invasive insects in Massachusetts. He has a masters and bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Clark University.

The program will be at the Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough, 7:00PM.

This event is free and open to all. Please join us