- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state environmental officials have taken additional steps to fight an invasive insect that threatens the state’s ash trees.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday that it has established a new task force to fight the emerald ash borer in the Albany region.

Similar task forces have already been created elsewhere in the state to bring together experts, residents and local officials who work to combat the insect’s spread.

The ash borer is originally from Asia but is now found in 22 counties in New York. The pest’s larvae feed on ash trees and can kill a tree within a few years.

Albany has some 1,000 trees on city streets and hundreds more in parks that could be at risk.

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