Asian Longhorned Beetle Infestation
and Community Response

Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester Tree Initiative
Alliance fo...
ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE

Massachusetts Eradication Program
September 2009
Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB):
Discovery
• August, 2008: Resident calls
USDA to identify beetle in her
yard
• January, 200...
.
ALB
Quarantine Zone
2011
Worcester
West Boylston
Boylston
Holden
Shrewsbury
Auburn
Why Such a Large Infestation?
• Arrived on shipping pallets
• 15 years before brought to
USDA attention
• Lack of Species ...
March 2009

Congressman Jim McGovern
Lt. Governor Tim Murray
Launch WTI

GOAL: 30,000 trees – 5 years
First Giveaway: April 28, 2009
City of Worcester
Foresters
(street trees)
DCR Planting in
Action
Tree Giveaways
5,500 trees have been given to
residents to plant in their yards
We’ve held over 40 “giveaway”
events
Recip...
Trees Planted

Dec. 31, 2011
Public/Private Partnerships
• Wal-Mart Foundation
• US Forest Service (ARRA Funding)
• Mass Dept. of Conservation and Recr...
December 31, 2012
22,000 trees planted
October 31, 2013
27,500 trees planted
October 4, 2014
30,000th Tree Planted!!
2033
• Students maintain public street trees as part
of required curriculum.
• Worcester reduces energy consumption by
30%...
THE END
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
“Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative
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Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative, discusses the progress of dealing with Asian Longhorned Beetle invasion in Worcester, MA at the 2013 ACTrees Day.

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  • This is a story of an insect, ALB, it’s devastating impact on an urban community, and the community’s response.
  • In August, 2008, a resident noticed an unusual looking beetle in her back yard. She decided to call USDA for an identification, and within 24 hours, federal agents were at her door.
  • Changing neighborhoods from this:
  • TO this
  • Understand that in New England, tree canopy is part of our culture; part of our social fabric, and the reason we live here; it’s our identity. Toursits come from all over for “leaf peeping” inf the fall. Trees direct us (turn right at the big oak tree), they calm us, they provide memories.
  • 2nd largest city in NE; pop: 181,000; Located in central Mass; 35 sq. miles; middle, working class; industrial past; gritty inner city neighborhoods and tree lined, suburban neighborhoods.
  • In Worcester, many of our streets are bordered by tree lined streets where the canopy connects overhead, forming “tunnels”
  • Eventually, the quarantine zone would spread to 104 square miles and include all of Worcester, Boylston and West Boylston and parts of Holden, Shrewsbuy and Auburn.
  • Congressman McGovern and Lt. Governor Tim Murray (both residents of Worcester) see frustration and despair, and wanting to get some reforestation, some hope, going quickly, launch a private, non profit organization to start replanting spring 2009.
  • Our First “tree giveaway”, where people came, registered, got trained how to plant a tree, and took it home to plant - Burncoat High School; CSX sponsored; DCR, USFS, APHIS, Planted over 120 trees that day and gave away 400 more. We had a lot to learn
  • Planting Partners: City of Worcester Forestry division, planting all the Street Trees. 1,000/year.
  • DCR: 40 seasonal planters to help in the Spring and Fall. Private trees. Working with residents who had lost trees, going door to door and spending time siting trees on private property.
  • Stewardship is key to future health of urban forest. All of our programs promote stewardship through education, hands on experience, having fun, making a difference.
  • Planting with school children; Planted at over 45 schools.
  • Young Adult Foresters – summer jobs program for inner city youth. Tree watering
  • “Neighborhood Tree Stewards” – volunteers who help train, plant, educate. We provide them with additional trainings on topics from tree health, climate change, pruning, fruit trees. They will learn about pests, how to contain, eyes looking out for future pests.
  • Track all of our trees;
  • Add: Resident sees unfamiliar insect; USDA notified; 3 trees affected. Pest eradicated.
  • “Community Response to Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion” by Peggy Middaugh, Director, Worcester Tree Initiative

    1. 1. Asian Longhorned Beetle Infestation and Community Response Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester Tree Initiative Alliance for Community Trees P.O. Box 2874, Worcester MA 01613 November, 2013 Barber Ave. Worcester Located at: 240
    2. 2. ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE Massachusetts Eradication Program September 2009
    3. 3. Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB): Discovery • August, 2008: Resident calls USDA to identify beetle in her yard • January, 2009: Tree Removals begin • September, 2013: Over 32,000 trees removed
    4. 4. .
    5. 5. ALB Quarantine Zone 2011 Worcester West Boylston Boylston Holden Shrewsbury Auburn
    6. 6. Why Such a Large Infestation? • Arrived on shipping pallets • 15 years before brought to USDA attention • Lack of Species Diversity – Preference for Maples (80% of canopy) – Food supply
    7. 7. March 2009 Congressman Jim McGovern Lt. Governor Tim Murray Launch WTI GOAL: 30,000 trees – 5 years
    8. 8. First Giveaway: April 28, 2009
    9. 9. City of Worcester Foresters (street trees)
    10. 10. DCR Planting in Action
    11. 11. Tree Giveaways 5,500 trees have been given to residents to plant in their yards We’ve held over 40 “giveaway” events Recipients must be trained how to plant a tree properly • • • Don’t plant too deep Straighten out the roots No mulch volcanos!!
    12. 12. Trees Planted Dec. 31, 2011
    13. 13. Public/Private Partnerships • Wal-Mart Foundation • US Forest Service (ARRA Funding) • Mass Dept. of Conservation and Recreation • • • • • • • • Massport CSX Corporation UniBank Millbury Savings Bank Commerce Bank Mayer Tree Service Congressman James P. McGovern Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray
    14. 14. December 31, 2012 22,000 trees planted October 31, 2013 27,500 trees planted October 4, 2014 30,000th Tree Planted!!
    15. 15. 2033 • Students maintain public street trees as part of required curriculum. • Worcester reduces energy consumption by 30% by planting large shade trees – National Grid removes last of obsolete power lines • ALB Eradicated in Worcester County
    16. 16. THE END

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