The Akron Beacon Journal has a report about a group that is taking issue with the current plans to control the invasion of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) in the Great Lakes region. The Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity is made up of more than two dozen different local, state, and federal organizations. Their claim is that current EAB management practices, which involve wholesale removal of the ash trees surrounding an infestation, are causing irreparable damage to the environment. Instead of the current heavy machinery that is used, they advocates low-impact removal techniques. They also claim that the practice of creating quarantine zones to prevent removal of wood is doomed to fail.
The ISW, as a big fan of openness and public accountability, requests that the Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity gets itself a website and posts the five-page opinion statement that is alluded to in the article.