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New Study Calls For Stepped-up Forest Pest Prevention

trees in the forest

A just-released scientific study says imported forest pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer are causing more than $2 billion in damages each year in the United States.

The report by a team of 16 scientists lead by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Harvard Forest calls for stepped-up efforts to prevent insects and disease from destroying our nation’s trees. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Dr. David Orwig, a senior scientist at Harvard Forest and co-author of the study.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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