Despite the New York DEC's best efforts to control the Emerald Ash Borer more have been found in Jefferson County.  The agency confirmed finding the pest known for destroying Ash Trees in two locations.

You may recall the beetle was found in Rome back in 2016. The latest infestation was found at two locations in Jefferson County; Watertown and Clayton. The beetle discovery was confirmed late last week and no plan of action has been announced. At the least, a restriction will be placed on moving firewood from the area.

The Emerald Ash Borer kills North American Ash trees; including green, white and black ash.  That's a huge part of New York's tree population and one of the most common ones used in home landscaping. The DEC urges homeowners and owners of wooded areas to be vigilant for the Emerald Ash Borer. Here are some signs and symptoms of the pest

If you think you have discovered the beetle, email a photo to:foresthealth@dec.ny.gov. or contact a member of the regional private lands staff.