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Public Meeting on Asian Longhorned Beetle Scheduled in Hoboken

For Immediate Release: November 27, 2002


Hope Gruzlovic




The meeting will be held in the ground floor conference room of Hoboken City Hall at 6:30 p.m.

The Asian longhorned beetle, which attacks and kills maples and other hardwood trees, was discovered in neighboring Jersey City in October. It was the first time the beetle, which has caused serious tree losses in New York and Chicago, had been sighted in New Jersey.

Initial surveys indicate that approximately 100 trees within a nine-acre site are infested. That site and the surrounding 1 ½-mile area, which includes sections of Hoboken, have been quarantined to prevent the spread of the beetle. The quarantine restricts the movement of firewood, green lumber, and other living, dead, cut or fallen material, including nursery stock, logs, stumps, roots and branches from potential host trees. Movement of these materials from the quarantine area is prohibited.

Surveys of potential host trees within a ½ -mile radius of the site are nearing completion. Tree climbers started inspecting potential host trees in residential sections of Jersey City last week, and officials expect to expand their inspections into Hoboken neighborhoods by mid-December. Property owners are being asked to provide inspectors access to their yards and trees so the extent of the infestation can be determined.

The survey is expected to continue into the spring.