Hunting the Asian Longhorned Beetle

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.

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