The meeting will be held in the ground
floor conference room of Hoboken City Hall at 6:30
The Asian longhorned beetle, which attacks and
kills maples and other hardwood trees, was discovered
in neighboring Jersey City in October. It was the
first time the beetle, which has caused serious tree
losses in New York and Chicago, had been sighted
in New Jersey.
Initial surveys indicate that approximately 100
trees within a nine-acre site are infested. That
site and the surrounding 1 ½-mile area, which
includes sections of Hoboken, have been quarantined
to prevent the spread of the beetle. The quarantine
restricts the movement of firewood, green lumber,
and other living, dead, cut or fallen material, including
nursery stock, logs, stumps, roots and branches from
potential host trees. Movement of these materials
from the quarantine area is prohibited.
Surveys of potential host trees within a ½ -mile
radius of the site are nearing completion. Tree climbers
started inspecting potential host trees in residential
sections of Jersey City last week, and officials
expect to expand their inspections into Hoboken neighborhoods
by mid-December. Property owners are being asked
to provide inspectors access to their yards and trees
so the extent of the infestation can be determined.
The survey is expected to continue into the spring.