Wanted: Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus). We are looking for information from you to help determine the extent of distribution of this pest in New York.

Wanted: Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus). We are looking for information from you to help determine the extent of distribution of this pest in New York.

If you discover this mosquito biting you or someone you know…take a picture, download the phone app (found at the bottom of the page at the site below) and/or visit the site and let us know.  It’s easy to identify - large black-and-white mosquito biting you during the day.  

Visit www.inaturalist.org.

Asian Longhorned Beetle
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced that the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island are free from the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty.

"The mission to eradicate this destructive beetle, combined with various levels of cooperation, has resulted in success," states Rebecca Bech, APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine Deputy Administrator. "However, while the eradications of these areas are a victory for APHIS, our partners and the State of New York, we still need residents to stay vigilant and inspect their trees regularly for signs of infestation."

Ash borers invading Monroe County
For years, experts have warned that emerald ash borers would someday lay waste to the Rochester region’s vast plantation of ash trees. That day may not be far off. Officials say all property owners in the Rochester area should now be identifying susceptible ash trees and deciding whether to protect them with costly insecticides or let them become infested and likely die. It’s important that Wayne County residents begin to consider their options as well. For more information on these options visit www.nyis.info.

Upcoming events
• Gardening Hotline: Do you have questions about growing vegetables, trees or other plants? Lawn questions? Plant disease or insect problems? Call or stop in on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to noon to talk with one of our Master Gardeners. You can also leave a message on our voicemail 331-8415 ext. 107 or e-mail questions to us at mgwayne@cornell.edu. Please leave a daytime phone number where we can reach you with any additional questions we may have.

• Woodlot Workshop: Ensuring Healthy Forest Regeneration - Saturday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Are NY forests an endangered species? When European settlers first reached Americas approximately 95 percent of the land area in the northeast was forested. Today approximately 80 percent of our forests are privately owned. Scientific studies have determined that many NY forests, due to several factors, are not sustainably regenerating. Without planning and management of these factors, the forests we see today may not be here for future generations.

Join us on Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon to learn more about these important issues. Presenters Jerry Michael, Master Forest Owner & NYSFOA member, Art Kirsch, Sr. Wildlife Biologist, NYS DEC, and Jim Engel, Native Plant specialist from White Oak Nursery will discuss factors impacting our forests and management options for forest sustainability. Topics include deer management, tools, techniques and strategies for controlling invasive plants on your land, and seed propagation techniques for native wild flowers, shrubs and trees that can help you create biologically diverse plant communities.

Registration by July 22 is required. To register send $10 per person to CCE Wayne County 1581 Rte. 88. North, Newark, NY 14513-9739. Please include your contact information in case we need to reach you. For more information, call 331-8415.

Free Woodlot Visits: Call 331-8415 ext. 107 to schedule a free woodlot site visit. These free site visits typically last up to 3 hours with our Master Forest Owners providing woodlot management information to Wayne County woodlot owners including best management practices for achieving management goals. During the visit our MFO’s can also provide you with additional sources for assistance and information.

For information and webinars on forest health visit www.cornellforestconnect.ning.com.