Because of the wide range of tree species that may be affected by ALB, its potential presence here is a significant concern. Federal, state and local officials have made plans to further investigate the source and extent of the infestation, and have scheduled meetings to inform local residents and businesses about the effort.
Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) officials have declared a regulated area around the site where the infested trees were found. The area extends in a 1.5-mile radius from the site, including areas of Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Brookline, and West Roxbury. A highly trained and skilled team of professional arborists and entomologists have begun conducting inspections within the regulated area.�
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Conservation and Recreation, City of Boston, Town of Brookline, and other municipalities and agencies are working together to educate the public on the ALB and to solicit their help in reporting and taking action. A series of public information sessions are scheduled in Brookline this month (see dates and locations below). All are welcome to attend a session to learn more about the beetle, its current status, and what residents can do to help.
Wednesday, July 14, from 7:00 to 9:00pm in Brookline Town Hall (333 Washington Street, Brookline) in the Selectmen’s Hearing Room on the 6th floor.
Wednesday, July 21, from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Brookline Main Library (361 Washington Street, Brookline) in Hunneman Hall on the 2nd floor.
Thursday, July 29, from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Brookline Main Library (361 Washington Street, Brookline) in Hunneman Hall on the 2nd floor.