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Jun 6, 2017 1:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cuomo Earmarks $3 Million To Fight Southern Pine Beetle

Jun 6, 2017 3:28 PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo will allocate $3 million from the Environmental Protection Fund to help manage the spread of the invasive—and destructive—southern pine beetle on Long Island.

The funds will be directed to the Department of Environmental Conservation, which has been working to control the spread of the beetles since their detection locally in 2014. Native to the southern United States, the beetles burrow holes into and feast upon pine trees, disrupting the flow of water and eventually killing them.

The main problem has been stopping the spread of the beetles, which cannot be controlled or killed by traditional means. Rather, infested trees—marked first by their yellow or red needles and, later, by their lack of them—must be cut down to prevent the beetles from leaping onto nearby trees and infecting them as well.

Approximately 10,000 pine trees, mostly in Hampton Bays, have been cut down to help stop the spread of the beetles.

With the additional $3 million, the DEC will hire additional crews to remove infested trees, thin other areas and schedule prescribed burns when necessary.

In January, Southampton Town was awarded $300,000 from the DEC, through Suffolk County, to finance the removal of pine trees decimated by the southern pine beetle. The state agency expects to release a second round of grants this coming summer.

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Thank you once again, Governor Cuomo.

It's reassuring to know that an elected official outside of the East End has our back given the absence of interest by our congressman.
By highhatsize (4177), East Quogue on Jun 7, 17 8:22 AM
"given the absence of interest by our congressman."

One can only conclude from the repeated parroting of misinformation that the tale you tell is simply a lie, or at best, misguided opinion. From veterans, to the economy, to infrastructure to yes hat, the ecosystem and environment... Mr. Zeldin is delivering.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Jun 7, 17 10:46 AM
...likewise, it is frustrating to see our local elected officials drag their feet on the decision to kill the hills development in East Quogue. Cuomo pumps millions of dollars into the local bays and forests only to have his work potentially negated by a huge mega-development in the Pine Barrens.

The time is long overdue for electeds to state their respective positions on this project and call the vote. Those that are for it are not in tune with the needs of the East End and its environment ...more
By William Rodney (555), southampton on Jun 7, 17 9:40 AM
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I wonder how a beetle, indigenous only to Mexico and Central America would become a scourge on Long Island?
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Jun 8, 17 7:04 AM
TO SlimeAlive:

Quote:

"I wonder how a beetle, indigenous only to Mexico and Central America would become a scourge on Long Island?"
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Ignorance and racism has rotted your brain, SlimeAlive.

In reality, the Southern Pine Beetle is indigenous to the southeastern United States*, as you could easily have discovered had not prejudice overthrown reason so completely.


* "Southern Pine Beetle: Where does it come ...more
By highhatsize (4177), East Quogue on Jun 8, 17 8:28 AM
What was so racist about that person mentioning Mexico or Central America and what is your agenda for leaving it out of this:
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Dendroctonus frontalis, the southern pine beetle, is a species of bark beetle native to the forests of southern United States, Mexico and Central America.[1] It has a hard reddish brown to black exoskeleton and measures approximately 3 mm (0.12 in), about the size of a grain of rice. It is short-legged, the front of its head is notched and the hind of its body is ...more
By even flow (985), East Hampton on Jun 8, 17 11:31 AM
You conveniently ignore that Slime "left out" that the pine beetle is indigenous not only to Mexico and Central America, but also to the Southeastern US, and specifically used the word "only" limiting his citation to Mexico and Central America.
HHS is correct to infer by that that Slime is putting the blame for the infestation he alleges solely on our brown brothers and sisters.
By June Bug (2588), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 8, 17 12:05 PM
Now that we have that worked out, how did a beetle that is indigineous to Mexico and Central America become a scourge in The Hamptons?
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Jun 9, 17 6:18 AM
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