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Hunting the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Asian Longhorned Beetle is chomping its way through the forests of the northeast, destroying maples and other trees. Jackie Beebe is a tree inspector for the U.S Department of Agriculture. We caught up with her, as she got ready to climb one of them in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Listen to the story:

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Jackie Beebe, USDA tree inspector
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Beebe readies a weighted line
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Which she will to toss over a branch.
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Beebe will tie a thicker rope to the thinner line.
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The branch is about 30 feet up.
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The USDA tree inspector is on a team of 15.
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They are combing Prospect Park tree by tree.
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Searching for the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
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She readies a \'foot-lock\', a way to climb all but the tallest trees
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She lifts herself into a Norway maple.
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About 50 feet up, Beebe uses a second line to tie herself into place.
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And she begins inspecting the tree.
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She works her way to all major branches.
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She\'ll spend 30-40 minutes on the average tree
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She visually inspects about 75 percent of the branches.
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Despite earlier evidence of Asian Longhorned Beetle...
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The current inspection found none in Prospect Park.
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Beebe says it can be difficult to stay focused.
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Because she is looking for something that is so rarely there.
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Beebe recently won a state-wide contest among tree climbers.
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She competes regionally next month in Rhode Island.
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Beebe is the only woman on the crew.
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She says, \"Why should boys have all the fun?\"

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Comments [3]

Eileen

WOW! from the land of OZ to the land of trees and beetles. I am so impressed and proud of you!! Well done!!

Jul. 19 2009 01:43 PM
Nancy

Jackie!

What a impressive demonstration!

You're terrific!

Jul. 16 2009 09:53 AM
Geri

Whoo hooo !! your arms must be rocks..You go girl keep us posted Geri and Vic

Jul. 15 2009 09:06 PM

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