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LATEST NEWS:
  • The whitespotted sawyer beetle, a native longhorned beetle commonly confused with ALB, is active right now. Learn the difference between these look-alikes. (6/6/2011)
  • The regulated area in Greater Worcester has been expanded to include a portion of Auburn, due to recent finds in the southern tip of Worcester, for a total of 98 square miles. Download a map here, and read the 10th Amended Order here. A public meeting will be held in Auburn on Thursday, May 12 at 6pm, at the Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag St. (05/10/2011)
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle Cooperative Eradication Program Updates
  • The Massachusetts ALB Cooperative Eradication Program will host two public meetings in the Boston/Brookline area to discuss upcoming plans to chemically treat trees in an effort to prevent the spread of the beetle:
    • Thursday, April 28, 7pm-9pm: Faulkner Hospital Auditorium, 1135 Centre St., Boston
    • Saturday, April 30, 10am-12pm: Franklin Park Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Dr., Boston
    Read the official USDA press release regarding Boston-area treatment plans here.
    Download a map of the proposed treatment area here.
  • The USDA has released an Environmental Assessment for dealing with ALB were it to impact Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex Counties. Comments are due by May 7th, 2011. You can also download the legal notice. (03/2011)
  • The ALB Eradication Program has produced maps showing neighborhoods in Worcester, Boylston, Holden, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, and Boston where trees will be treated with preventative pesticide applications. Public meetings were held mid-March to discuss these plans (03/11/2011):
  • Learn about DCR's Asian Longhorned Beetle Reforestation Program (or go right to the list of replanting species) (03/09/2011)
  • View an updated map of areas in Worcester, Holden, Shrewsbury and West Boylston where infested trees are set to be removed. (01/11/2011)
  • List of companies and agencies who have completed compliance training and are certified to perform work that would result in the movement or transport of wood materials (call 508-852-8110 if you have questions):
  • Compliance training sessions for businesses working with trees or firewood in the Boston/Brookline regulated area have been scheduled. All businesses must be certified to perform work that would result in the movement or transport of wood materials in the regulated area. Call 866-702-9938 to register for a free session. Call 508-852-8110 to register for a Worcester session. (8/25/2010)
  • Results of DNA analysis indicate that ALB specimens collected from Boston are genetically similar, but with slight variation, to ALB specimens from both Worcester and New York. The analysis did not rule out a foreign introduction as a possible source. Program staff are continuing to investigate potential pathways of introduction, but the source of the Boston infestation may never known with certainty. (07/30/2010)
  • Asian longhorned beetle confirmed in Boston, at Faulkner Hospital. A 1.5 mile regulated area around the infestation is now in place. Read the official press release here, download a map of the regulated area here, Order to Supress and Control here. (07/06/2010)
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  • The regulated area in Greater Worcester has been expanded to include all of the town of Boylston, and an additional portion of the town of Holden, due to recent finds in those towns, for a total of 94 square miles. Download a map here, the 9th Amended Order here, and read the official press release here. (09/21/2010)
  • The Massachusetts ALB Cooperative Eradication Program will host four public meetings in the Greater Worcester area to discuss upcoming plans to chemically treat trees in an effort to prevent the spread of the beetle. Each meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:
    • Monday, March 14: Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester
    • Tuesday, March 15: Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, 11 French Drive, Boylston
    • Wednesday, March 16: Beaman Memorial Library, 8 Newton Street, West Boylston
    • Thursday, March 17: Holden Senior Center, Holden
  • 2010 ALB Eradication Program maps showing neighborhoods in Greater Worcester where trees are being treated with preventative pesticide applications.
    • Week 8 (06/14/2010 - 06/19/2010)
    • Week 7 (06/07/2010 - 06/12/2010)
    • Week 6 (05/31/2010 - 06/05/2010)
    • Week 5 (05/24/2010 - 05/29/2010)
    • Week 4 (05/17/2010 - 05/22/2010)
    • Week 3 (05/10/2010 - 05/15/2010)
    • Week 2 (05/03/2010 - 05/08/2010)
    • Week 1 (04/26/2010 - 05/01/2010)
  • Download a map showing the 2010 Projected Program Plan for tree surveys and preventative treatment in the Greater Worcester area. Please note that this is a projected plan, and subject to revision. (12/08/2009)
  • Information about the ALB Reforestation Plantings planned for the Worcester area is now available here. (08/20/2009)
  • Community meetings were held in Boston and Brookline to discuss the ALB infestation:
    • Saturday, 7/31/2010, 10am-12pn, Curtis Hall, 20 South St., Jamaica Plain, MA [ALB Resource Fair!]
    • Thursday, 7/29/2010, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Brookline Public Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA
    • Tuesday, 7/27/2010, 7pm-9pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
    • Thursday, 7/22/2010, 6pm-8pm, Faulkner Hospital, Huvos Auditorium, Jamaica Plain, MA [Organized by State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez]
    • Wednesday, 7/21/2010, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Brookline Public Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA
  • The regulated area in Greater Worcester has been expanded to include an additional portion of the town of Boylston, for a total of 76 square miles, due to a recent find at the Boylston/West Boylston border. Download a map here and read the 8th Amended Order here. (07/23/2010)
  • Maps are available for the locations within the Worcester regulated area where trees will receive pesticide treatments in Spring 2010: Overview of all sites, Boylston/Shrewsbury, Holden, West Boylston, Worcester: Fairlawn, Greendale, Harrington Field, Lynnwood. (02/24/2010)
  • Public meetings held in Holden, Worcester and West Boylston on March 1, 2 and 3 regarding plans to treat ALB-susceptible trees. Download a flyer here. (02/12/2010)
  • Notice from the USDA about pilot program to test efficacy of fall pesticide treatments to protect host trees. (11/15/2009)
  • Archived map of the Worcester regulated area from 9/23/2009 (74 square miles). Read the 7th Amended Order here. (09/23/2009)
  • A Sixth Amended Order to Suppress and Control Nuisance Conditions and Regulated Articles has been released, to recognize that Katsura tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum is now a confirmed host for the Asian longhorned beetle (09/14/2009)
  • Governor Declares August to be Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Month:
    It was just over a year ago that the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) was first reported by Worcester resident Donna Massie. Since that time, local, state, and federal entities have joined together to fight the infestation of an invasive pest that has caused negative impact to the City of Worcester and placed the Commonwealth as well as the entire Northeastern United States on high alert. To this end, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has worked with the Governor’s Office to declare August as Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Month, with the goal of encouraging every resident in the Commonwealth to learn to identify and report sightings of this invasive insect. View the full Proclamation here. (08/11/2009)
  • Archived map of the Worcester regulated area from 8/3/2009
  • Archived map of the Worcester regulated area from 12/23/2008 (63.5 square miles)
  • Dodge Park tree removals began week of 4/30/2009 - walkthrough was 4/27/09. Read more here. (04/27/2009)
  • A map of outlying infestations in Greater Worcester (known infested trees outside the areas where removals are currently occurring) is available here. (03/05/2009)
  • The tree removal process in Worcester has now entered Phase 3. Download an updated map here. (02/11/2009)
  • A summary of Phase 1 of the tree removal process in the Worcester regulated area, along with a map of affected locations, can be downloaded here. (01/02/2009)
  • Amended Order to Suppress and Control Nuisance Conditions and Regulated Articles (12/23/2008)
  • Storm Emergency Update: Disposal of ALB host material in the Worcester regulated area has been made easier for tree companies dealing with the recent ice storm. For details, click here. (12/12/2008)
  • Archived map of Worcester regulated area from 11/24/2008 (includes a small increase in the southern part of Holden)
  • All companies working within the Worcester regulated area on any of the 11 ALB host species are required to sign a compliance agreement. Section 5 of the state order will now be strictly enforced. (11/7/2008)
  • A Massachusetts Environmental Assessment has been released for the preferred Asian longhorned beetle eradication plan. (10/14/2008)
  • Archived map of Worcester regulated area from 09/28/2008 (includes the city of Worcester, and parts of the towns of Boylston, Holden, Shrewsbury, and West Boylston - 62 square miles)
  • Notice to residents in the regulated zone regarding the ALB Survey Teams (08/22/2008)
  • Archived map of Worcester regulated area from 08/19/2008 (33 square miles)
  • Original Order to Suppress and Control Nuisance Conditions and Regulated Articles (08/18/2008)
  • Pest Alert August 2008: Asian Longhorned Beetle found in Worcester, MA (08/07/2008)

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