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Posted on: December 6, 2010


A public meeting will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium, Room 203, of Holdsworth Natural Resources Center, 160 Holdsworth Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Parking is available directly behind the building and is free after 5 p.m.

All citizens and students from Amherst and surrounding communities are urged to come to learn about the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) and why it is critical to be able to identify and report any potential sightings of this invasive insect.

Concerned citizens will want to attend this important meeting to raise awareness of ALB. This insect has the potential to destroy large numbers of shade trees and severely impact the appearance and quality of life of our urban and suburban neighborhoods. In addition, there is the potential for significant damage to our New England forests, our watersheds, and industries such as timber, maple syrup, nursery stock, and tourism that depend on the existence of healthy trees, notably our northern maple forests. Citizens are our best line of defense to be the watchdogs of our communities and our natural resources.

This meeting is sponsored by the MA Tree Wardens' and Foresters' Association, with the assistance of Amherst Tree Warden Alan Snow and the Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Department of the University of Massachusetts. Thomas Brady, Tree Warden and Conservation Agent for the Town of Brookline, will speak and answer questions about the ALB, how to identify it, and how to report it. Printed resources will also be available at the meeting.

This meeting and others around the state are made possible with funding and other support from the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program of the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS).
Please contact for further details:

Karen Doherty
Executive Director
Mass. Tree Wardens and Foresters Assn.
P.O. Box 326 So. Hadley, MA 01075
Tel: 781-894-4759 Fax: 413-315-3454

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