- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A new study says pests are the biggest threat facing the nation’s forests.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (https://avlne.ws/1s5f9SI ) reported that a new study released this week shows that what it calls imported forest pests are the biggest problem for the nation’s forests.

Gary Lovett with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies says the nation needs to strengthen efforts to prevent the spread of pests among the nation’s forests.

The report suggests a broad approach to deal with the problem, including efforts by homeowners, forest biologists and Congress.

The study says homeowners and munic9ipalities will be the losers of the invasive insects because of the loss of trees.

The study includes the impact of non-native insects in North Carolina, where there are 39 different types of the pests.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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