On July 7, the Department of Environmental Conservation reported finding an adult emerald ash borer (EAB) in a DEC monitoring trap in Rome — the first time the insect has been detected in Oneida County.
This means the presence of emerald ash borer is now confirmed in 35 of New York's 62 counties. Ash trees lost to the half-inch-long, metallic-green insect in New York now number in the tens of thousands.
In May, the DEC issued revised quarantine regulations; replacing the contiguous quarantine that spanned the state from east to west, essentially following the N.Y.S. Thruway, with 14 Restricted Zones, which more tightly encompass currently known EAB infestations. (For more information, visit www.dec.ny.gov/animals/47761.html.)
The DEC report follows a June 30 report by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirming the presence of EABs in the municipality of Thunder Bay, Ontario, marking the first find outside their currently regulated area, which includes all of southern Ontario up to Algoma, Nipissing and greater Sudbury, as well as counties in Quebec.