We had a successful hunt for the Asian Longhorned Beetle this past Saturday, April 16 on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The search was successful because not one was found! Thirty people, including a contingent of 20 BU students working with us on their Global Day of Service, were trained by our partners the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) about how to spot signs of the beetle. We fanned out to check four blocks of the Mall, using our tree inventory to pinpoint the host trees that are most susceptible to the pest.
The Friends of the Public Garden would like to thank the BU volunteers and MDAR experts for helping us to ensure the continued health of our city’s trees.