by ncori1 on November 17, 2016 - 1:01pm
Invasive Species Radio Script
Niko: Hey this is Niko coming to you from Brockport NY to bring you a special news story.
Niko: Many people don’t know about the controversial topic of invasive species.
Niko: Now for the people who don’t know what an invasive species is; it’s basically a species that has been introduced in a place separate from its natural habitat through humans.
Niko: Here in New York there is a legal penalty for chopping down an ash tree. But why is that?
Niko: That’s because the Ash Borer Beetle, originally from Asia has found its new home here in North America. The beetles eat the trees and continue to do so since there are NO NATURAL PREDATORS in North America.
Niko: After speaking to Chelsea Major, studying biology at the University of Guelph, she had some things to say.
Niko: According to Chelsea, Borer Beetles only feed on trees that are already stressed. More and more trees each year are becoming stressed due to the climate change, making global warming a strong augment to this process.
Niko: Now, there is some theory as to how the Ash Borer came to this country.
Niko: Some think that the ash wood used in shipping imports and exports between the US and Asia could have been the vessel that the beetles used to travel here.
Niko: Although not confirmed, it seems like the most likely scenario of what happened.
Niko: With the migration of the Ash Borer Beetle, and the amount of trouble it’s causing, has caused resource managers come together to try and figure out a way to fix this problem.
Niko: Firstly, completely removing the beetles from the area is virtually impossible, and instead there have been motions towards controlling and preventing the spread of the beetles.
Niko: This means burning infested trees and injecting the trees with strong chemicals. Both these methods are pointless as the chemicals and burning don’t prevent new beetles from showing up.
Niko: The only hope we have, again coming straight from Chelsea, is to introduce a new predatory animal that will hunt the Ash Borer exclusively and help reduce their numbers.
Niko: Removing the Ash Borer will help save the ash trees. To find out more go to EmeraldAshBorer.info.
Niko: That concludes our news-podcast, have a good night!