Destructive Beetle Found In Albany Pine Bush Preserve
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York environmental officials say a beetle that poses a significant threat to pine forests has been found in Albany, the farthest north it has been detected in the Northeast.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says a single southern pine beetle was caught in a trap in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The agency has been monitoring the spread of the invasive pests which have killed thousands of pine trees on Long Island since 2014.
While beetles have been caught in traps in the Hudson Valley and now Albany, infested trees haven't been found north of Long Island. DEC wants the public to report recently dying pitch pines and red pines.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo targeted $3 million in 2017 to help manage the spread of southern pine beetles.