New EAB spread prevention

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced new efforts to combat and slow the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that damages and kills ash trees in forested and urban settings. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have revised the State’s EAB management regulations, providing greater protection for un-infested communities and forests, allowing municipalities opportunity to prepare and better plan for future infestation, and easing restrictions on the forest products industry.

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