Effects and Impacts
ALB has the potential to cause extensive economic impact given its ability to infest and eventually kill hardwood trees in more than 15 plant families. If not eradicated, ALB will negatively affect forest product industries, maple syrup production, tourism and recreation, as well as trees in urban, rural and natural ecosystems. Research is underway to quantify the eradication costs of ALB in the United States and other countries that have become infested with ALB, and to quantify the tree species composition of the urban forests in the United States and use that information to predict potential risk or loss due to ALB.
Last Modified: 07/13/2017