We hope to monitor the spread of pests and pathogens that threaten the diversity of woody plants on the Vassar Ecological Preserve. In the spring of 2012, the emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered in Dutchess County, New York. EAB is a highly destructive beetle that kills native ash trees and threatens to make the genus extinct throughout the United States. In addition to EAB, we are interested in documenting other forest pests such as the hemlock wooly adelgid, the viburnum leaf beetle, and other invasive arthropods. We hope that monitoring forest pests and pathogens will provide us with valuable information that will enable us to better manage our forests. People play a major role in transporting forest pests across the landscape. Please remember that you should never transport untreated wood.
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