The emerald ash borer, the Asian beetle that has been chewing its way through North America’s ash trees, has arrived in Vermont, an event as long-anticipated as it is unwelcome.
“It’s a tree killer,” said Barbara Schultz, forest health program manager for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. “We’re not going to be able to get rid of it.”
The prognosis by Orange County Forester David Paganelli was equally grim.
“This is going to kill the ash trees and there’s no solution and there’s no fix and there’s no silver lining to the dark cloud,” Paganelli said. “It’s just a dark cloud.”
The first evidence of the beetle was discovered in Orange County, by the borders of both Caledonia and Washington counties. A consulting forester doing work on a private woodlot in the town of Orange, near Groton State Forest, noticed a dying ash tree.