Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has discovered the first infestation of Emerald Ash Borer in Erie County.
The City of Buffalo's South Park is the first infestation in Erie County of the destructive beetle which infests and kills North American ash tree species.
These species do include green, white, black and blue ash trees.
In order to contain the EAB, park and forestry staffs have placed the purple traps in the trees.
"An effort to reduce the number of ash on city property was put in place after the first outbreaks occurred in Michigan. Ash now makes up less than 2% of Buffalo's street tree population and roughly 10% of trees in city parks. The city is working closely with the Buffalo Olmsted park Conservancy to develop and implement a treatment plan for historic landscape trees," said Deputy Commissioner Andrew Rabb of the City of Buffalo's Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets.
Including working with the Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy, the city is collaborating with the DEC, and Cornell University.
Erie County is now the seventh confirmed county in New York State to have EAB infestations after the first confirmed case in 2009.