Illinois Governor Proclaims April 17, 2008 to be Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Day

Asian Longhorned Beetle Asian longhorned beetle, or ALB, responsible for the destruction of more than 1,500 trees in northeastern Illinois, has been eradicated in Illinois, state and federal officials recently said on Thursday, April 17.

FHTET Director testifies on remote sensing techniques for assessing forest conditions, fire, and pests.

Remote Sensing Photo On April 7, 2008, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee held a congressional field hearing in Colorado Springs to explore the opportunities and challenges of using remote sensing data to benefit public and private sector including urban planning, natural resource. Frank Sapio, Director of FHP's Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, testified that:

“Remote sensing methods are effective tools to assess fire, forest pest and forest conditions. One of the benefits of using remote sensing data over data acquired by other techniques…is the spatial precision which allows for the analysis of other resource concerns…helping to reduce analysis time and improve overall planning productivity.

Sirex noctilio Fabricius in New York State

Sirex noctilio A fall 2004 collection of a solitary female woodwasp in a New York survey trap was identified in February 2005 as Sirex noctilio. Infested red (Pinus resinosae) and Scots (P. sylvestris) pines were subsequently found in nearby Oswego, NY later that spring.

Brown fir Longhorned Beetle

Brown fir Longhorned Beetle Callidiellum villosulum (Fairmaire), also known as the Brown Fir Longhorned Beetle, has been found in real wood trunks of artificial Christmas trees imported from China. During the time period 1999 – 2001, more than 20 interceptions of this species were recorded.