New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan declared May 22-28 Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week. The proclamation encourages all citizens, landowners and municipalities to learn more about emerald ash borer and develop and implement emerald ash borer preparedness plans.
The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle that attacks and kills North American species of true ash (Fraxinus spp.) within three to five years of infestation. The insect has been found in 16 towns in New Hampshire since 2013 and the list keeps growing. Four New Hampshire counties (Belknap, Hillsborough, Merrimack, and Rockingham) are under quarantine for the movement of ash products.