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Ash tree-killing pest found in 6th Vermont county

June 22, 2019

BRISTOL, Vt. (AP) — An ash tree-killing pest has been found in a sixth Vermont county.

Vermont Public Radio reports that the emerald ash borer was discovered in a tree in the town of Bristol in Addison County this month.

The invasive beetle has destroyed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.

Bristol Tree Warden John Swepston said the tree will be removed in the coming weeks. He is urging Vermonters not to panic, saying there’s time for homeowners and municipalities to think about the issue and make solid, rational plans.

He says ash is a common street tree but there are options for replacements.

A select board meeting is planned to discuss the presence of the pest in Bristol.

The ash borer was first discovered in Vermont in February of 2018.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net