A conservation commission in one Vermont town is looking for signs of a destructive beetle that's targeted ash trees in neighboring New Hampshire and New York and in other states.
The Dummerston Conservation Commission is surveying ash trees for the emerald ash borer.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports members are concerned that the beetle could spread to Vermont and decimate the state's ash stands.
Members have been mapping roads to get a good idea of where the primary stands of ash are.
The beetle has not yet been detected in Vermont. It has been found in Concord, New Hampshire; Dalton, Massachusetts; New York's Hudson Valley; and in Carignan, Quebec.