Save the Trees: Info on beetle infestations – May 15

Concerned by tree loss due to beetle infestation, the Southborough Conservation Commission is sponsoring community education on the topic.

They are looking for help to save our hardwood trees.

Learn About the Asian Longhorned Beetle & Emerald Ash Borer

More than 34,000 hardwood trees have been removed in the Greater Worcester region due to beetle infestation, and the battle of man versus beetle continues to rage on.

Join Stacy Kilb, Asian Longhorned Beetle Outreach Coordinator with the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, for an ALB/EAB Identification workshop and Information session.

In this presentation, we will:

  • Review how to identify the beetles
  • Spot the damage they cause
  • Help to recognize the trees they prefer
  • Hear about eradication efforts
  • Learn what you can do to help

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The presentation is Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Town House hearing room.

RSVP to or at (508) 485-0710, ext. 3024.

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10 years ago

How about a more publicized view of how many invasive species of plants and insects are really out there. Anyone wondering what the town or state is doing about the Japanese Knotweed?
It would be nice if there were an agency capable of putting the beetle into perspective rather than making it out to be the ONE thing you should think about.

And stop using “Round Up” It only breads a stronger plant or weed, kills bees (no bees, no food) and supports the evil Monsanto empire.
It doesn’t even work on the selectman signage so I don’t know why it’s even still around.

Art Fay
10 years ago
Reply to  Matthew

I have found that dog urine works as well as Roundup, but alas doesnt work on the selectman signs either……

10 years ago

+1 on the invasive plant issue.

Any recommendation on where to dispose of invasive plants?

The compost area at the transfer station seems like wrong place as people take the compost home which spreads the invasive stuff. Last I looked we had a growing patch of knot weed adjacent to the aged compost at the transfer station.

10 years ago

Here’s a link I found. Lots of good ideas for getting rid of it but I never thought the buds could be used as a substitute for rhubarb!

10 years ago

Speaking of Save the Trees, lets save the line of flowering trees, looking beautiful now in bloom, along our Main Street. They will be decimated along with others, totalling THIRTY, with the state plan for reconstructing Main St.
Again, the engineer reported THIRTY trees will be taken/destroyed……………………..

Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918


I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day, 5
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain. 10

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

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