ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE UPDATE NOVEMBER 18, 2004
The cutting down of ALB-infested trees in the core of the Carteret-Woodbridge
infestation zone is set to start on Monday, November 29. The New Jersey Department of
Agriculture has scheduled a media-outreach event for Tuesday, November 23, at 3:30
p.m., to make the public aware of the impending work. It will begin at the corner of Blair
Road and Roosevelt Avenue in Carteret.
Local, county and state officials from the area are invited to attend the session, which will
include Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus leading a walk-through of the first
area to be addressed, including a mobile home park and along a stream. Members of the
ALB eradication team also will be on hand to discuss how trees will be taken down and
disposed of, as well as plans for replacing the trees with varieties the beetle will not
attack. During this first phase of cutting, roughly 1,000 trees are expected to be removed
to halt the beetle’s spread. Eventually, as many as 4,000 trees will have to come down.
In addition to the tour, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture is sending out an
informational letter to all residents who are scheduled to lose a tree(s) on their property.
On November 9, a conference call was held to discuss preliminary tree removal plans for
the first stage of removals. In attendance was USDA personnel Christine Markham, Mike
Stefan, Vic Mastro, Alan Sawyer, and Barry Emens, and NJDA personnel Carl Schulze,
Joe Zoltowski and Tom Denholm.
On November 10, a second infested tree with Asian Longhorned Beetle was found in the
City of Rahway. The tree, a red maple with three exit holes and five egg sites, was
located on a private residence. This marks the 410th tree determined to be infested with
the beetle in the quarantine zone that includes Woodbridge, Carteret, Rahway and
Linden. As this most recent find is within two blocks from the western edge of the
quarantine zone, this will require the boundar