Tree-killing ash borer found in more Maine communities

FOREST PEST

VAN BUREN, Maine (AP) — Maine forestry officials say an invasive pest that can damage the state’s ash trees has been located in more communities in the state. The emerald ash borer was first located in Maine in 2018, when it was found in York and Aroostook counties. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said Thursday more infestations have been found in those counties, in addition to another in Cumberland County. Maine is asking residents to keep an eye out for the pest and report any sightings of it. The borer is native to Asia and has killed millions of ash trees in the U.S.