The fight to stop the spread of Emerald Ash Borer in Western New York is expanding.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Agriculture and Markets, eight Emerald Ash Borer restricted zones have been expanded and merged into a single restricted zone. This in order to continue to slow the spread of the invasive pest.
The new zone includes parts or all of counties in Western New York, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans, among many others across the state.
The expanded zone prohibits the movement of ash borer and potentially infested ash wood.
According to the DEC, Emerald Ash Borer is a serious invasive tree pest that kills millions of ash trees in forests, yards, and neighborhoods.