elimination of the ALB from this country is the current goal of federal
and state organizations involved with this pest. This was formally
decided at a meeting of the Science Advisory Panel on October 25, 1996.
Several significant tentative assumptions, based on existing knowledge
at that time, were agreed upon and have guided current eradication and
an exotic pest that would have significant economic, social and
impacts on North American urban, rural and forest areas. Eradication of
this pest from the US should be attempted if at all possible.
of ALB indicates that tree species occurring throughout the US would be
susceptible, and this species of beetle is able to attack and kill
of origin (China), with its associated natural enemies, ALB causes
suggests that biological control may not provide long-term
lifecycle of the insect, chemical control may not offer a short-term
and is not a practical solution in forest environments.
The Science Advisory Panel made several
recommendations that have since become operational:
Identify and remove all infested trees as soon
Removal should include grinding of the stump to a
depth of 8 inches when there is evidence of ALB infestation on the
lower 2 feet of the bole or on the roots.
All materials resulting from the tree removal will be
chipped and burned.