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Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

State officials fear millions of NY trees could be in jeopardy. There's a new campaign to save hundreds of thousands of trees in the Rochester area.

You may have heard about the "Emerald Ash Borer" and it's a beetle native to Asia. It's been creating a lot of problems in America in recent years.

There are 900 million ash trees in the state of New York. They're plentiful on city streets and in many neighborhoods. But they're facing a very real threat because of the small, green beetle, "Emerald Ash Borer."

That was the focus of this workshop in Caledonia, Livingston County today. The Department of Environmental Conservation, teamed up with the Cornell Cooperative Extension to explain the best way to get the word out. The "Emerald Ash Borer" has turned up in the southern tier and in Monroe County. And these experts came out to say if we don't get aggressive about stopping this pest, there could be serious consequences.

"I do not know how fast this is going to move, but I can tell you right now, the way things are looking, there aren't going to be any survivors that aren't treated with pesticides," said Mark Whitmore, Cornell University.

The best way to stop the Emerald Ash Borer is to stop transporting chopped fire wood and to call the DEC if you think your trees are in jeopardy.

The website is www.dec.ny.gov. The number to call is 866-640-0652.

There's also a free Emerald Ash Borer Homeowner Workshop at Long Point Park on West Lake Road in Geneseo on Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to noon.

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