Emerald ash borer and elite chefs both traveling North

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A few interesting farm and food reads to keep you occupied this weekend…

State regulators have worked with the logging industry to consolidate a ban on transporting ash wood to include most of New York, with the notable exception of the Adirondacks and the North Country. The decision is part of the effort to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer, which threatens to destroy some 7% of all of New York's forests, according to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Here's a story I did a few years ago about the purple boxes designed as ash borer alerts.

Eric Carlson, executive director of the Empire State Forest Products Association, had an ominous quote for the Associated Press:

"It's unfortunate that the pest is moving faster than the scientists expected," Carlson said, noting that all the states around New York now have confirmed infestations.

Meanwhile, a pest of a different kind…  No, just kidding.

The New York Times has a story about the exploding culinary elite meets locavore scene in the Hudson Valley. Check this out:

Here in Hudson, off intensely gentrified Warren Street, Mr. Pelaccio and his wife, Jori Jayne Emde, have just opened Fish and Game, a restaurant that is also a fever dream of luxury and rural kitsch, blending elements of Chez Panisse, Trader Vic’s, Dwell magazine and a yard sale at an Italian hunting lodge. Ms. Jayne concocts infusions for cocktails from the herbs they grow on their nearby farm; Mr. Pelaccio and his co-chef, Kevin Pomplun, are studying how to stretch the harvest into the winter, making pickles and jams like sour cherry-coriander.

I know nothing about 90% of those cultural/culinary references. But it sounds delicious, right?

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Maybe the elite chefs can come up with recipes on how to include the emerald ash borer into a culinary delight.

  2. The possible loss of the ash trees will devastate certain regions. While ash comprises 7 percent of the total forest in New York state, in places like Heuvelton, Morley, or Massena, the loss could approach 90 percent.

  3. Since this is now moving more quickly than expected have any reporters had a chance to ask the DEC what their plan is when the beetle is found on Forest Preserve land? As I understand it clear cutting around infected areas as well as other treatments have proven somewhat effective in other areas. Is there even a plan in place?

    Are mountain ash trees like we have at higher elevations (and some lower elevations as well) susceptible?

  4. Where this will have a very scary impact is on some shorlines when it hits the Adirondacks. For example all the houses along Lake Flower in the village of Saranac Lake will be very exposed once you kill the ash trees on that lake. They are not in the woods so much but in places like that they are (were?) abundant.