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The Maine Forest Service is releasing three species of tiny, non-stinging wasps in northern Maine as part of an effort to battle an invasive pest that's killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.

State officials are reminding residents to help control the spread of an invasive beetle in valuable ash trees this summer. The emerald ash borer kills ash trees by feeding on their inner bark.

The beetle arrived in New Hampshire in 2013 and has since spread to seven counties – including those where the majority of the state's ash trees grow.

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Officials in Maine have announced a formal quarantine to slow the spread of a destructive, invasive forest insect found within trees in two areas of the state.

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ROCKLAND, Maine - Experts in the field of invasive species are meeting in Maine to discuss ways to control unwanted pests in the state.

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State forestry officials say that for the first time, the destructive emerald ash borer has been found in trees in York County.

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SPRINGVALE, Maine - Maine forest managers are holding public hearings about a plan to use a quarantine to stop the movement of an invasive forest pest that can cause havoc for the state's timber industry.

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MADAWASKA, Maine - Maine is trying to root out an invasive forest pest, and it's inviting the public to learn how to help.

In a move to slow the spread of a dangerous tree-killing pest, Maine forestry officials have expanded an emergency order stopping the movement of certain ash products and untreated firewood from infested areas.

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Forest officials warn of impending disaster after the discovery of the destructive emerald ash borer in Maine — for the second time.

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State officials are asking for the public's help in locating several ash trees sold by a major retailer in Maine this summer that may contain emerald ash borer.

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FRENCHVILLE, Maine - The state of Maine is issuing an emergency order to try to prevent the spread of an invasive pest that jeopardizes forests and wood products.

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A ban on the movement of ash in northern Maine is imminent, in the wake of the discovery of the invasive emerald ash borer in the region earlier this year.

Officials with the Maine Forest Service say they're working on an emergency order that's expected to be issued within the next two weeks. That order could be followed by additional state and federal quarantines, officials say.

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The invasive and destructive emerald ash borer has spread to Vermont's capital city and officials say people should prepare for most of Montpelier's ash trees dying.

Montpelier tree board chair John Snell says people have known for years that the insect was coming, since it was recently found in multiple surrounding states. Vermont Public Radio reports the city has put into effect a response plan to help deal with the tree-eating beetle.

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FRENCHVILLE, Maine - Maine forestry officials are holding a meeting near the Canadian border to address the discovery of a destructive forest pest in the state.
 
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the emerald ash borer was discovered recently in Madawaska, less than 200 yards from the Frenchville town line in Aroostook County. The agency and others are holding a public meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Frenchville Community Center.
 

Scientists: Ash Tree Species Pushed To Brink Of Extinction

Sep 14, 2017
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NEW YORK - A scientific group says five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle.
 
The International Union for Conservation of Nature says tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may eventually reach more than 8 billion.
 
The pest is the emerald ash borer, which was accidentally introduced to North America in the late 1990s.
 

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