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Federal officials to meet with public in Brookline Wednesday about Asian Longhorned Beetle

Posted by Brock Parker  July 13, 2010 12:35 PM

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Federal, state and local officials will hold an informational session about the Asian Longhorned Beetle in Brookline Wednesday after the tree-killing insect was recently spotted in Jamaica Plain.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will join state and local officials in the Selectmen’s hearing room at Brookline Town Hall at 7 p.m. to discuss the beetle with the public.

The beetle poses a threat to many hardwood trees, and six infested trees were cut down at Faulkner Hospital last week after the beetle was found in the trees by groundskeepers. Since then, inspectors have been looking for infestations in the trees in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) declared a regulated area around the site where the infested trees were found. The area extends in a 1.5-mile radius from the site, including much of Brookline south of Route 9.

For more information about the beetle or a map of the regulated area, go to the Town's Asian Longhorned Beetle Alert website.
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To report potential Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) sightings or suspicious tree damage, or to obtain up to date information on the ALB, please call the Massachusetts Asian Longhorned Beetle hotline at 866-702-9938.

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