Emerald ash borer has been confirmed east of the Hudson River for the first time. An infestation was discovered in the village of Rhinecliff, NY. Foresters believe that the infestation was detected early and that the infestation has been present in Rhinecliff for less than a year. This gives managers an advantage in battling EAB. The detection was the result of intensive sampling and monitoring in the area since EAB was found across the Hudson in Ulster County in 2010. The newest infestation is about 25 miles from the Massachusetts border.
Photo by Mike Groll AP Photo – Nate Siegert of the U.S. Forest Service peels bark from an ash tree looking for signs of infestation from the emerald ash borer in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The invasive beetle that has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees over the past decade has been found east of the Hudson River for the first time, marking its closest known threat to New England.