13 Sep '11, 4pm

Forest pests are destroying trees across the U.S. & boring a hole in your wallet, says new TNC-funded study:

Forest pests are destroying trees across the U.S. & boring a hole in your wallet, says new TNC-funded study:

Conservation biologist Juliann Aukema. © courtesy of Juliann Aukema “These pests are clearly expensive, and the costs we’ve calculated only represent the lower bound.” —Juliann Aukema By Darci Palmquist Forest pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer are doing massive damage to trees and forests in the United States—but how much is that damage costing, and who’s largely footing the bill? You are, according to a new study funded by The Nature Conservancy. The study, just published in the online journal PLoS ONE , found that local communities—in the form of homeowners and municipal governments—are bearing the largest cost burden of invasive forest pests. These annual costs include: $2 billion in local government expenditures for tree damage and removal; $1.5 billion in lost residential property values; $216 million in federal government expenditures on...

Full article: http://www.nature.org/ourscience/sciencefeatures/forest-p...

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