For Immediate Release - August 08, 2011

Lt. Governor Murray to Visit Worcester Park to Highlight Replanting Efforts during Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Month

Media Advisory

WHAT:

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray will join environmental officials and teen urban foresters Wednesday, August 10 in Worcester at 9:30 a.m. to highlight replanting and prevention efforts during Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Month. The event will feature demonstrations by tree climbers and tree planters at Green Hill Park. Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Scott J. Soares and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Edward M. Lambert. Jr. will also discuss the statewide Asian Longhorned Beetle eradication effort led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). They will be joined by USDA tree climbers who will highlight techniques for detecting ALB, as well as the Worcester Tree Initiative's Urban Foresters, a youth group who participate in tree replanting efforts in the area. To date, nearly 30,000 trees have been removed and 6,700 replanted since the infestation began in 2008.

WHO:

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray
DAR Commissioner Scott J. Soares
DCR Commissioner Edward M. Lambert, Jr.
USDA Program Manager Clint McFarland
Worcester Tree Initiative's Urban Foresters

WHEN:

Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Green Hill Park Pavilion, Skyline Drive, Worcester

DIRECTIONS:

From Boston (1 hour) I-90 W/Mass Pike, merge onto I-495 N via EXIT 11A toward Marlborough/N.H.-Maine. Merge onto RT-9 W via EXIT 23B toward Worcester, turn right onto Skyline Drive. Green Hill Park Pavillion is at the end of the loop of Skyline Drive

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