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Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 13, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, September 13, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, September 13, 2018
State officials seek public’s help in locating ash trees
Trees sold by Maine major retailer

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is seeking the public’s help in locating ash trees sold by a major retailer in Maine this summer. Entomologists are concerned that they may contain emerald ash borer, a tree-killing insect that wipes out ash trees.

EAB arrived in North America from overseas late in the last century. From its initial beachhead in Michigan, it has spread throughout more than half the country in wood products including firewood, but also in trees sold for planting.

Last month, DACF personnel discovered ash trees for sale at a major retailer that had been shipped from a New Jersey nursery that was inside an EAB quarantine area. Those trees were immediately removed from sale and destroyed. The New Jersey nursery reported shipping three additional trees to Maine stores which were sold before DACF personnel discovered the quarantine violation.

Because they may pose a threat to Maine’s forest resources, the DACF is asking for the public’s help in locating the remaining three trees. They would have been purchased this summer from a major retailer with several stores in Maine. They were potted, retailed for $120, and were labeled as Fraxinus Pennsylvanica Patmore on the tree tags and Fraxinus Oxycarpa “Raywood” on the container sticker.

If you possess one or more of these plants, send a picture of the tree, tree tag or sales receipt to forestinfo@maine.gov. Trees that are confirmed to have been part of this shipment will be inspected and possibly destroyed. Reimbursement for the cost of the trees will be arranged. The DACF suggests people refrain from planting any kind of ash tree or white fringe tree in the state. Visit www.maine.gov/eab for information. To report an ash tree purchase, email forestinfo@maine.gov or call 287-2431.