ALB was first found in Massachusetts in August 2008. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation (DCR) issued the Massachusetts quarantine order in compliance with sections 8, 11, and 12 of Chapter 132 and section 1F of Chapter 132A of the Massachusetts General Laws on August 8, 2008. Due to additional detections of ALB infested trees, the regulated area has expanded within Worcester County. APHIS first issued a Federal Order that mirrors the regulated boundaries of the State on September 4, 2008. In Massachusetts, the DCR and APHIS work together to operate the ALB eradication program.
To contact the Massachusetts ALB Eradication Program directly, please call 1-508-852-8090, or learn more on YouTube about current efforts to eradicate the ALB in your neighborhood with Clint McFarland, Massachusetts ALB Project Manager.
There are 110 square miles under regulation in Worcester County, which includes all of the City of Worcester, West Boylston, Boylston, Shrewsbury, and a portion of the Towns of Holden and Auburn. An infestation in Boston has been eradicated.
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Free compliance trainings are available for businesses and individuals who perform work that may involve moving woody materials in the regulated area. There is no charge for the training or the compliance agreement. Compliance agreements may be obtained by attending a 45 minute training session. All individuals and commercial businesses (e.g., landscaping, construction companies, nurseries, tree removal services, firewood dealers) performing work in the regulated area are required to comply with certain regulations. Companies doing pruning or removals, or in any way handling wood from ALB host trees within the regulated area must have a valid compliance agreement. Please be advised that Regulatory Officers conduct surveillance within the regulated area to enforce the quarantine, and fines may be assessed if businesses do not comply with Federal and State regulations.
Trainings are every other Wednesday at 5:00 pm and Thursday at 8:30 am. To register for an ALB compliance training in Massachusetts, please call (508) 852-8110 or email ALBWorcester@aphis.usda.gov.
Arrive a few minutes early and if this is your first time attending the training please bring your vehicle registration numbers. Trainings are held at the following address:
Massachusetts ALB Eradication Program
151 W. Boylston Drive
Worcester, MA 01606
Report Your Findings:
You can report your findings online or contact Massachusetts ALB Eradication Program directly by calling 1-508-852-8090.
What’s at stake?
• State Tree: American elm – a tree the beetle attacks!
• Nursery Stock: One of the top five agricultural products in Massachusetts.
• Fall Foliage: Brings in “Leaf Peepers” and visitors from all around.
• Northeast Forest & Maple Trees: Massachusetts’ forests, New York’s Adirondacks, Vermont’s Green Mountains, New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and Maine’s vast forest land, plus unfavorably impacting maple syrup producers.
What you can do to help:
• Conduct an annual tree check
• Report beetles or signs of damage
• Allow officials access to survey
• Purchase firewood where you will burn it
• Diversify the trees you plant