Hillsdale Environmental Commission

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North Jersey prepares to combat invasive ash-eating beetle

NorthJersey.com – David Zimmer

The state is taking action to protect its parklands from a foreign invader.

Last month, the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry revealed plans to implement prevention measures in Passaic and eight other counties in an effort to thwart the emerald ash borer. The invasive candy-green beetle native to Asia has brought about quarantines in the 25 states where it and its voracious larvae have been detected. If left undeterred, the species threatens to eventually wipe out North America’s 16 native species of ash and New Jersey’s 24.7 million ash trees, which are thought to comprise nearly a quarter of the state’s forests.

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