Show: Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

Episode: The Asian Long-Horned Beetle in Massachusetts

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An established population of The Asian Long-Horned beetle (ALB), recently found in Massachusetts, resulted in the designation of a 33 square mile regulated area for the pest, (the northern section of Worcester and parts of four other towns). The pest arrives from China in wood packing material and pallets and then seeks out and destroys healthy hardwood trees, especially maples. The Worcester find is the closest that this beetle has ever been to invading a forested area in North America. This talk will highlight the realities and ramifications that this serious invader has brought to our doorstep and its potential affects on Green Industry businesses, neighborhoods, the forest, and town budgets.

Bob Childs, an Instructor since 1984, teaches entomology courses at UMass with the bulk of his students being enrolled in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He also has a 60% Extension appointment to the Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry program, providing accurate and timely diagnostics of insect pests, making recommendations, writing about current trends in pest identification and management, and acting as an overall resource for the Green Industry. He also performs numerous workshops that are related to Integrated Pest Management. He was one of the faculty involved with the development and funding of the Urban Forestry Diagnostic Lab at UMass, Amherst, and was responsible for the development of the New England Recommendation Guide for Insects, Diseases, and Weeds of Shade Trees and Woody Ornamentals. He has produced two reference books for the industry through funding from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management.

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