No one likes a pest, especially one who comes to call then lingers way too long and wrecks things in the bargain. It’s bad enough when it is a human pest, but when it is the Asian longhorned beetle (aka “ALB”), it can be devastating to trees and even forests. Since 1996, the beetles have destroyed 80,000 trees in the mid-Atlantic states and, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, all states are at risk. So, with August being “Tree Check Month,” we and the USDA are asking you to take 10 minutes to look over the trees in your area. If you see areas of dying branches, the beetles themselves or “sawdust” on branches or at the bottom of the tree, report it by calling 866-702-9938, or at www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com.
As woodworkers, we like trees in all their natural conditions, from green and leafy to nicely milled and finished in our shop. But it is in everyone’s best interest to stop the ALB (and other bugs) from killing our tree stock. Check out a short video here!
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal