The State of New Hampshire
By Her Excellency
Margaret Wood Hassan, Governor
EMERALD ASH BORER AWARENESS WEEK
MAY 18-24, 2014
WHEREAS, The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle from East Asia, threatening the health of New Hampshire’s ash trees; and
WHEREAS, The emerald ash borer has been detected in the Merrimack County communities of Concord, Bow, Canterbury, and Loudon; and
WHEREAS, Emerald ash borer infestations continue to expand in other New England states including Massachusetts and Connecticut; and
WHEREAS, Ash trees are an important part of New Hampshire’s forests and natural communities, wood products industry, urban landscaped communities, and as part of the cultural history and economy of local Native American basket makers; and
WHEREAS, The emerald ash borer is transported long distances by people moving federally regulated articles, including unprocessed ash wood products and nursery stock and all hardwood firewood; and
WHEREAS, There is a quarantine on transporting federally regulated emerald ash borer articles from New Hampshire’s only-known infested county, Merrimack; and
WHEREAS, The economic and ecological costs associated with emerald ash borer infestation and the impacts to communities, nurseries, and wood products industries are reduced when emerald ash borer is detected early and the human-assisted spread of infested materials is limited; and
WHEREAS, The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, and the Department of Resources and Economic Development are cooperatively engaged in both the detection of emerald ash borer and enforcement of the emerald ash borer quarantine; and
WHEREAS, New Hampshire’s municipalities and landowners can mitigate their emerald ash borer-associated costs by developing and implementing, as necessary, an emerald ash borer preparedness plan;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARGARET WOOD HASSAN, GOVERNOR of the State of New Hampshire, do hereby proclaim MAY 18-24, 2014, as EMERALD ASH BORER AWARENESS WEEK in the State of New Hampshire and encourage all citizens, landowners, and municipalities to learn more about emerald ash borer and what we can do as a community to prepare for the treatment or removal and replacement of ash trees.
Given this 12th day of May, in the year of Our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and the independence of the United States of America, two hundred and thirty-eight.