At meetings to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, October 16 and 17, from 6:30 – 8:30, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), the U. S. Department of Agricultureâ€™s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the USDAâ€™s Forest Service will address the implications surrounding the recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in western Massachusetts. Tuesday’s meeting will take place at the Berkshire Atheneum, One Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield, and Wednesday’s meeting will be held at the Visitors Center Theater of Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road in Sturbridge.
Central to these meetings is the issue of establishing a quarantine boundary within the state that would restrict the movement of certain wood products under certain conditions. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session, and general feedback will be elicited to help guide the stateâ€™s actions as it moves forward with responding to the discovery of this destructive pest.
If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email DCR.Updates@state.ma.us.