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Longhorns in Central Park

A sugar maple and a Norway maple in New York's Central Park have been found to be infested with Asian longhorn beetles.

These invasive pests have been the subject of aggressive eradication strategies by the USDA in New York and Chicago since 1996. Control efforts include tree destruction and injection of imidicloprid insecticide.

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It is feared that should the beetle become established, it would devastate large stands of both urban and native hardwood trees across the United States.

SePro obtains flurprimidol rights

SePRO Corp. has completed the purchase of the worldwide rights of flurprimidol plant growth regulator from Dow AgroSciences LLC.

Flurprimidol is used to reduce unwanted plant growth while enhancing the quality of ornamentals, trees, turfgrass and certain specialty food crops. Flurprimidol is marketed in a number of countries under the trademarks Topflor, Cutless and Greensfield. SePRO will assume all rights, data, registrations and trademarks associated with flurprimidol.

For more information, visit www.sepro.com or www.dowagro.com.

Sued for NOT spraying

According to the newsletter of the New York State Lawn Care Association, two Long Island families are suing Nassau County of refusing to spray mosquitoes to fight West Nile Virus. Each is suing over a family member who contracted the virus and subsequently died.

Anti-pesticide activists have lobbied hard to stop such spraying in Nassau Co. and elsewhere, claiming that the pesticides were more dangerous than the virus.

Trees? What trees?

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has been asking donors to foot the bill to “help compensate for the extra cost of using tree-free paper” it claims it uses in its mailings. However, as reported by the Washington Times, an analysis of a RAN mailer showed it was nearly 100 percent wood pulp. The analysis was obtained by John Campbell, identified as a California GOP fundraiser, who is asking the U.S. Postal Service to investigate.

RAN continues to say that its mailers are made only of tree-free paper (hemp, cotton and farm waste, for example).

OPEI celebrates 50th

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on June 20-22, 2002, at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Calif. Speakers include Todd Buchholz, Peter Schutz, Steve Miller and Dr. Robert Gates. The OPEI Annual Golf Tournament will take place June 21, 2002, at the Sandpiper Golf Course and the tournament cost will be free if you register by April 15.

You can register for the event online at www.opei.org by May 20, 2002, or for more information, call (703) 549-7600.

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