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Hudson - Litchfield News 6 - July 23, 2010


Asian Longhorned Beetle Discovery Adds Urgency for Early Detection, Prevention


submitted by Gail McWilliam Jellie, Director, Division of Agricultural Development The recent discovery of Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), an exotic pest native to China and Korea, on six trees in Boston, MA, adds to the urgency of efforts to prevent the spread of ALB, and to ensure early detection of any possible infestations in New Hampshire. ALB attacks a wide variety of hardwoods, including, but not limited to maple, birch, poplar,


elm, and horse chestnut, and is a threat to forest resources and community trees. Infestations in the U.S. have occurred in New York, Illinois, and New Jersey, and more recently in the Worcester and Boston areas of Massachusetts. The area affected in and around Worcester encompasses 74 square miles, and has already required the removal of over 24,000 infested trees. ALB has not been found in New Hampshire. Public


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awareness is crucial for helping to increase the likelihood of early detection, and for preventing the spread or transport of ALB. All major ALB infestations have been found by members of the public. Unfortunately, in most cases, the beetles have become well established before being detected. The beetles are easiest to


see when they are most active in July and August. This is one reason why Governor John Lynch is declaring August as New Hampshire ALB Awareness Month. New Hampshire residents are being asked to look for the beetles in their trees and even in their swimming pools this July and August. The Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food (DAMF), University of New Hampshire (UNH) Cooperative Extension, and Department of Resource and Economic


Development (DRED) Division of Forests and Lands are cooperating with the USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in the effort to prevent the spread of this pest, and detect any ALB infestation early so that it can be contained and controlled.


Asian Longhorn Beetles do not fly long distances, probably less than a mile at a time. For this reason, Brad Simpkins, director of the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, and State Forester, says, “We can keep these infestations local only if we don’t transport the wood out of the infested areas.” It is important for people to obtain firewood for summer camping and for winter heating locally.


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State Entomologist Tom Durkis, who is also director of DAMF Division of Plant Industry, has introduced the ALB sentinel tree project in New Hampshire. This project is based on the work of Dr. Michael Smith, a USDA Agricultural Research Service insect behaviorist whose pioneering work on ALB detection methods shows that a maple tree known as the painted maple, Acer mono, is especially attractive to ALB— hence the term sentinel, or trap tree. The trees are even more attractive to the beetle than the Norway maple, thought by many to be their most preferred host here in the U.S. This project aims to educate local nurserymen, arborists, maple syrup producers, and the general public about specific ALB host trees and the application of sentinel tree surveying techniques. The susceptible host trees, in this case A. mono, help attract ALB beetles where they can be easily monitored. Tom Durkis and the DAMF are leading the project, in partnership with State Urban Forester Mary Reynolds from DRED, UNH Cooperative


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Extension Service, and the NH Plant Growers Association. Last season, trees were planted in city parks, near town offices, on private school grounds, urban forestry centers, and in private and state university experimental nurseries. These plantings were highly publicized and helped familiarize nurserymen, landscapers, arborists, and the general public about this particular method of monitoring for ALB. This season, additional sentinel trees the have been planted at the New Hampshire Maple Producers Museum at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, where the trees will continue to serve as a focal point for outreach and education sessions on ALB. With the help and assistance from the NH Department of Transportation, several trees were recently planted at highway rest areas in Canterbury and in Seabrook—just over the state line from Massachusetts. New informational signs are being posted near each sentinel tree planting, illustrating the biology of the ALB and ways to identify and detect their presence in host trees. The signs provide information on Acer mono growth characteristics, their role as sentinel trees or early detection devices, and an ALB


toll-free telephone number (1- 866-702-9938). The DAMF Division of Plant Industry staff, with grant funding from USDA APHIS, will sponsor several ALB educational meetings and outreach programs to help educate members of the general public and green industry professionals about the ALB threat and prevention and detection. These meetings will build on the success of the well-attended meetings held last summer. For more information on the sentinel tree program, contact Tom Durkis at tdurkis@agr.state.nh.us or 271- 2561. For more information on ALB, go to the New Hampshire official ALB Website: extension.unh.edu/ALB.


Changes in Eligibility for NH Veterans Home Opens


Admission to More Veterans submitted by Jackie Bonafide A new bill, which will take effect in August, was recently passed


by the New Hampshire state legislature and will greatly expand eligibility for the New Hampshire Veterans Home. Under the new law, all veterans who have been have been honorably discharged, including Reserve and NH Air and Army National Guard members, will be eligible to apply. In the past, eligibility for admission to the New Hampshire Veterans Home required that a veteran serve a minimum of 90 days in the military on active duty during a “time of war.” The State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee felt it


“was time to honor and recognize the above service members in our state and allow them access to the same services to which others who have served our country are currently entitled.” Additional admission criteria include the following:


• The applicant must have been a resident of the State of New Hampshire for one (1) year preceding his or her application, or can prove New Hampshire as home of record upon discharge.


• The applicant’s condition(s) must be within the Home’s resources and ability to treat, and the applicant may not present potential harm to self or other residents.


• Financial Certification: The applicant must meet income guidelines. Information is available by contacting the Admissions Coordinators, Ellen Douville and Shirley Ray, at 527-4400. NHVH Commandant Barry Conway said, “The New Hampshire


Veterans Home is very pleased with this change in the law. We can now encourage applications from many other veterans and look forward to serving them in the future.” Established in Tilton in 1890 as the Soldier’s Home for Civil War


Veterans, the New Hampshire Veterans Home was one of just four New Hampshire nursing homes to win the first Quality of Life Award from the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) in 2007. NHVH was recognized again in 2009 by DHHS for its continuing commitment to nursing home culture change and quality of life. The NHVH campus is home to 200 men and women who have served their country and fellow New Hampshire citizens. The mission of NHVH is to provide high-quality, professional long-term care services to the Granite State’s elderly and disabled veterans. Now celebrating its 120th anniversary, NHVH is the only long-term care facility in the Granite State that is dedicated exclusively to veterans.


Celebrating 10 Years in Your Town


The Area News Group is excited that July 2010 marks their 10th


year as publishers of the Hudson~Litchfield News. The Area News Group now prints 37,000 papers every Friday,


reaching all homes in Hudson, Litchfield, Pelham, Windham, and Salem. The focus continues to be news that is important in the towns that you live in. The motto with every story is to “bring it ‘home.’” With three separate editions, no story interchanges between the papers. The owner/publisher of the Area News Group thanks everyone who has participated in making the last 10 years exciting for our readers; and to our readers, thank you for thinking of our advertisers when you need their products and services. To view all three papers of the Area News Group, visit www.areanewsgroup.com.


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