Massachusetts and Connecticut change their emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantines—both states go statewide

New Hampshire’s EAB quarantine is holding at three counties—Hillsborough, Merrimack and Rockingham. On November 17 Massachusetts expanded their EAB quarantine statewide and Connecticut went statewide on December 5. These changes in quarantine boundaries, both simplifies and complicates the movement of ash, depending on your specific circumstances. Expect more about this in a future pest alert.

Eabcartoon Ash Wood Movement Within the EAB Quarantine: Best Management Practices for Proper Handling

The EAB quarantine limits the movement of regulated products out of the quarantine zone. Since infested sites within the zone are still limited, it is prudent for us to take steps to slow the spread within the zone. This card suggests simple, practical, best management practices for doing just that.

Lots of Good Workshops—listed on www.nhbugs.orgQuestion click on the “get involved” button or read below

· Emerald Ash Borer for Birders

o Friday, January 9, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m. Massabesic Audubon Center, Auburn

o Thursday, March 5, 2015 7-8:30 p.m. Harris Center for Conservation Education, Hancock

· Emerald Ash Borer Woodlot Management for Foresters on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury. Two sessions, register for one: morning (9-11:30 AM) or afternoon (1-3:30 PM)

· NHBugs: The Big Three covers three invasive insects of greatest concern to our trees and forests: emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle.

o Saturday, January 24, 2015, 2-3 p.m. at the Griffin Free Public Library, Auburn

· Emerald Ash Borer and Community Planning on Friday, January 30, 2015, 1-4 p.m. at Conservation Center, Concord Part of the Conservation Commission Field Training series, sponsored by NH Association of Conservation Commissions, UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Food, and NH Dept. of Resources & Economic Development.

Without leaves on trees, this is a good time to look for blonding of bark caused by emerald ash borer and the exit holes caused by Asian longhorned beetle. Report your suspicions to www.nhbugs.orgQuestion

Here’s to hoping the new year brings fewer troubling reports of emerald ash borer and other non-native insects.

Karen P. Bennett, Extension Forestry Professor & Specialist UNH Cooperative Extension 212 Nesmith Hall, 131 Main St., Durham, NH 03824 (603)862-4861, (603)312-6695 cell, (603)862-0107 fax karen.bennett at unh.edu

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