ALB was first found in New York in August 1996. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) issued the New York quarantine order 1NYCRR Part 139, Control of the Asian Longhorned Beetle on December 12, 1996. Due to additional detections of ALB infested trees, quarantine areas have expanded or have been added in New York. APHIS first issued a Federal Order that mirrors the regulated boundaries of the State on March 7, 1997. In New York, the NYSDAM and APHIS work together to operate the ALB eradication program.
To contact the New York ALB Eradication Program directly, please call 1-866-265-0301, or learn more on YouTube about current efforts to eradicate the ALB in your neighborhood with Joseph Gittleman, New York ALB Project Manager.
There are 137 square miles under regulation in New York, which includes the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, and a portion of central Long Island. Infestations in Manhattan, Staten Island, and Islip have all been eradicated.
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Regulated material may not be removed from quarantine areas unless accompanied by a Limited Permit or Certificate authorizing such movement. Anyone handling ALB regulated material who wishes to obtain a NYSDAM Compliance Agreement, enabling the movement of wood for purposes of disposal, may do so by contacting NYSDAM. Free compliance trainings are offered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and are available for any businesses or individuals engaged in activities requiring the proper handling, movement, and disposal of regulated articles that are harvested within the ALB regulated areas. For more information about ALB compliance trainings in New York, please call 631-288-1751.
Report Your Findings:
You can report your findings online or contact New York’s ALB Eradication Program directly by calling 1-866-265-0301.
What’s at stake?
• State Tree: Sugar Maple is one of the preferred trees the beetle attacks! And maple syrup is one of the state’s agricultural products.
• Forest Products: One of the state’s top industries, which is a vital component of the state’s economy.
• Urban Forest: New York City’s most valuable environmental asset, and the quality-of-life benefits that come from trees.
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