I finally made it to the Walkway Over the Hudson this weekend and it was everything I was told to expect. I brought along my new wide angle lens, to test out. Unfortunately,
the railing on the walkway was high enough to keep getting into my pictures, so my focal point became the sky. I have to admit, the clouds were phenomenal, but I really wanted to get better photos of the river banks. I guess I’ll just have to go back again and bring my stilts with me next time.
The crowds crossing back and forth on the walkway were a friendly bunch, but I can’t say as much for the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (EAB). Unfortunately, the little bugger has been spotted in Dutchess County – the first sighting east of the Hudson River.
According to the DEC, “Since it was first discovered in Michigan in 2002, EAB has been responsible for the destruction of 70 million trees in the United States.”
The beetle inserts its eggs in the tree and the larvae feed in tunnels just below the bark. This blocks the tree’s vascular system, preventing water and food from moving within the tree and eventually causing it to die. A tell-tale sign that EAB have visited a tree is the D-shaped exit hole made when the larvae come out.
There are several other indicators and helpful info on control and reporting infestations on the National EAB Information website. This included restrictions on moving untreated firewood. There’s always some new, exotic pest changing our environment, so it’s nice to have easy access to faqs ahead of time.