Maple Policies and Positions
Asian Longhorn Beetle and larva
Invasive Species Position Statement: Asian Long Horned Beetle
The maple syrup industry is worth close to $1 Billion to the overall economy of Eastern North America. “Sugaring” is a significant cultural, economic, social and community activity that has occurred each spring since European settlement and thousands of years before that by Native North Americans.
The maple syrup producers throughout the maple producing region are very concerned about the threat of the Asian Long Horned Beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis (ALHB), to the viability and economic health of the maple syrup industry in Canada and the United States . The industry is informed and aware of the outbreaks in both countries and the subsequent actions and reactions that have taken place in response to the presence of this pest.
The industry understands that the responsibilities are jointly shared for managing the various stages of a successful ALHB prevention program as well as any potential eradication programs. This position paper outlines the concerns, potential implications, and suggests the necessary actions that must be taken to manage this threat by both those responsible for managing any ALHB program and the maple syrup industry.
The positions outlined by the maple syrup industry are presented in four approaches: prevent, detect, respond and manage/adapt. Specific positions are expressed under these four categories with stated tactics under each, focusing on both the responsible government agencies and the maple syrup industry...
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