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Invasive beetle confirmed in NH

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - State officials have confirmed that an invasive beetle that has beleaguered 18 other states including Massachusetts and Connecticut has been found in New Hampshire.

The emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees nationwide since being discovered in Michigan in 2002. Infected trees typically die within five years.

Officials from the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development and the Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food say a suspect tree was spotted in Concord March 28, and federal authorities have since confirmed that insect specimens from the tree were the invasive beetle.

The insect's arrival wasn't unexpected, and state agencies have a plan to deal with it. Ash is a commonly used landscape tree and makes up about 6 percent of New Hampshire's northern hardwood forests.

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