Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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August 20, 2010

Forest Pest Awareness Activities in Massena

Education and Training Provided to Identify and Report Pests – August 24

August is Forest Pest Awareness Month in New York State, and New York State horticulture officials will be in Massena on Tuesday, August 24 to educate citizens about the risks associated with forest pests and pathogens, and the actions they can take to help safeguard New York’s valuable and abundant forests. 

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets horticulture officials will be sharing information on the detection and identification, as well as reporting procedures for forest pests.  Information will be focused on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), the State’s two highest profile and most serious forest pest threats that have a confirmed presence in New York State.  Participants will also have the opportunity to assist state horticultural inspectors in actual field surveys.

All media are welcome to attend, but encouraged to call ahead for exact locations of the actual field surveys that will take place in nearby wooded lots.


9:30 am – 10:45 am   Forest Pest Workshop – Identification & Surveying Techniques
Quality Inn, 10 West Orvis Street, Massena, New York

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm   Actual Surveying for Forest Pests with Horticultural Inspectors
Call Patrick Eager at 315-491-9367 for exact location

To learn more about the importance of Forest Pest Awareness Month, visit  For more information on the activities in Massena, please contact Patrick Eager, Forest Pest Program Intern with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 315-491-9367.

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