Officials to Brief Media on New Finding, Plans, and What Citizens Can Do to Help
A Media Advisory from the Maryland Department of Agriculture
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
Kate Wagner, 410-841-5888
Michael Walsh, DNR, 410-260-8010
ANNAPOLIS, MD (Oct. 16, 2006) – The detection of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), a serious exotic pest from Asia, in ash trees in southern Prince George’s County in August 2006 prompted the issuance a county-wide quarantine prohibiting the movement of all hardwood firewood, ash trees and ash products. A new finding of the pest has been confirmed in the Brandywine area.
After receiving notification from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, a homeowner was able to identify an ash tree in distress on her property. Upon inspection, the tree was found to be infested with the emerald ash borer. The insect feeds on and kills ash trees, an important landscaping and forest tree, in one to three years after infestation.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold media availability about the new finding including updates on the eradication efforts at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18 at 12503 Bredan Court in Brandywine, the location of the new finding.
WHO: Officials from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Prince George’s County, as well as the homeowner who detected the distressed ash tree.
WHAT: Media availability to discuss the new emerald ash borer finding, updates on surveillance and eradication activities, and what citizens can do to help. Visuals available will include the infested backyard tree, the insect at different life-stages, and maps of the quarantined area.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: The location of infested tree at 12503 Bredan Court, Brandywine, MD.
CONTACT: Kate Wagner, MDA, 410-841-5888 or 410-507-6133 (cell).