STATEWIDE – From the emerald ash borer to brown tail moths, during National Invasive Species Awareness Week officials are reminding Mainers just how destructive certain species can be.
Experts say the unwanted species — which also include green crabs, milfoil and more, — can harm the state’s natural resources, recreation and tourism economy.
They also affect the livelihood, traditions and health of thousands of Maine people.
One species that’s already here and causing a lot of concern is the emerald ash borer.
“People out there in general should be concerned about these invasive species because they can kill trees. Right now we have the emerald ash borer. That may eventually take away the ash tree from the forest just like the way we lost the elm and the chestnut,” said local horticulturist Gary Fish.
For more information about identifying invasive species on your property and the actions you can take, go to maine.gov/dacf.