We're working with Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to monitor for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on our conserved lands. Today we installed a monitoring trap in Pondicherry Park. We will lower and empty the trap every two weeks, saving the samples for the state to ID.
EAB is an invasive beetle that threatens ash trees. All the State's ash trees (except 'mountain ash') are at risk of injury & death. There's a lot at stake if we lose all of our ash trees: loss of a food source for wildlife, ~$320 million dollar impact to forest landowners, the loss of brown ash, which is a key material for traditional basketmaking - an important cultural tradition of the Wabanaki people.
EAB has been found in Bridgton. By continuing to monitor & identifying local stands of ash, we can better inform future treatment & management to help save our ash trees.
What can YOU do to help stop the spread of EAB?
Don't move firewood! Buy it where you burn it.
Learn how to identify EAB and report any sightings to the State.
Learn more about EAB in Maine here: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/caps/EAB/EABFAQs.shtml