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Public meetings will address emerald ash borer outbreak

State and federal agencies will host two public meetings this week in Concord on the emerald ash borer outbreak to provide information and receive public feedback on how best to control it. They will also discuss the status of an emergency quarantine on ash products in Merrimack County, which was implemented earlier this month after the invasive species was first spotted in an ash tree on Hall Street, in South Concord.

The meetings will be held Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the New Hampshire Fire Academy auditorium at 98 Smokey Bear Blvd.

Representatives from the state Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, the Division of Forests and Lands, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as others, will be present to answer questions and provide information about the pest, a beetle believed to have been transported to North America from China sometime in the last two decades. Officials will accept public comment on the quarantine until May 8.

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