R.I. surveying trees for longhorned beetles

Environmental officials say they will inspect trees in state parks and management areas for evidence of the destructive Asian longhorned beetle. The Department of Environmental Management says the surveys will take place this month at sites in Charlestown, Glocester, and Lincoln. Surveyors will look for signs such as egg-laying sites or holes made when the beetles emerge from trees. The state says the invasive beetles could kill thousands of hardwood trees including maples, birches and elms.They have not yet been found in Rhode Island, but have forced removal of thousands of trees in Central Massachusetts.

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