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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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“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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