Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A dozen forestry experts from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation descended on Long Island this week to combat a worrisome Southern Pine Beetle infestation, first discovered in Suffolk County last fall.The scientists’ arrival comes as the DEC investigates an outbreak of the insidious insects at Bethpage State Park, marking the first time the destructive pine tree-killing beetle has been discovered in Nassau County since officials began monitoring the invasive species’ expansion across central and eastern Suffolk.“The Southern Pine Beetle has destroyed thousands of trees on Long Island and remains a major threat to the Pine Barrens and other forested areas in the region,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said in a statement.New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation said through a spokesman that the agency is working closely with the DEC on a plan that will “assess, minimize and resolve the damage done by these beetles and their potential spread.”Both the DEC and New York State Parks have identified infestations in parts of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, Connetquot River State Park, Henry’s Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest in Hampton Bays, Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, Brookhaven and Heckscher state parks and Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River.The DEC team will be on the Island for this week only, taking inventory of tree species at Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest and producing a “hazard risk map” of timber stands at the greatest risk of infestation, the DEC said.The tiny beetle, typically 2 to 4-millimeters long, enters through crevices in tree bark and forms tunnels in the plant tissue beneath the bark, cutting off nutrients, and eventually starving the trees to death, according to the DEC’s website.Many of the beetle-ridden trees have already been removed once the insects were discovered inside them, officials said, but many more invaded trees may still be undetected.“The most effective method to minimize the spread of SPB includes cutting infested trees and thinning surrounding forested areas,” the DEC said in a press release. “If left untreated, the Southern Pine Beetle can move swiftly to nearby forested areas. Insecticides have been shown to be mostly ineffective against SPB, and also poses certain risks to the environment and Long Island’s sole source drinking water aquifer.”The Southern Pine Beetle is rare to the Northeast, as the DEC first confirmed its existence on Long Island last October. Long Island is currently the only region in the state with confirmed Southern Pine Beetle infestations.The DEC used the winter months to uncover hot spots. Now they are more aggressively analyzing the situation because the beetles start flying in summer.Officials have yet to definitively discern why the beetles have migrated to Long Island, but some experts suspect the warmer climate could be a factor.While the DEC team analyzes the situation on the ground, a group of educators from the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission (NFFPC) will work with local agencies to better educate the public, officials said.
Dani Ceballos speaks out after clash with Arsenal teammate Eddie Nketiah during warm up The pair had a heated row shortly before kick-off at Craven Cottage (Pictures: Instagram / BT Sport)Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah have already made up after clashing during Arsenal’s warm up before Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League season.Both players were named on the bench at Craven Cottage and were taking part in a rondo drill with the rest of the substitutes, though tempers flared when Ceballos went in late on his teammate.The initial challenge resulted in a furious exchange of words and a shove from the Spaniard, with the incident escalating after a second late and overly zealous tackle. Nketiah had to be escorted away after Ceballos squared up to him (Picture: BT Sport)Ceballos got in Nketiah’s face, who stood his ground, and the pair started pushing and screaming at each other before a member of the coaching team pulled the striker away.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBT Sport’s punditry team played down the incident, with Rio Ferdinand claiming it happens all the time in training, and it appears the two players have already forgotten about it.Ceballos uploaded a picture alongside a smiling Nketiah to his Instagram stories following the victory over Fulham, with the two appearing in great spirits. Asked if the clash was actually the kind of passion that a club needs, Manchester United legend Ferdinand said: ‘Yeah of course, this is part of it. I think at the end of the day sometimes it gets heated.‘You’d see that probably once or twice a week at the training ground. It’s just we happen to be here, we’ve seen it. I’m sure Arteta won’t be too disappointed to see that.’Peter Crouch added: ‘That’s good passion I think.’MORE: Mikel Arteta praises unsung Arsenal hero Mohamed Elneny against Fulham and reacts to Gabriel’s debut displayMORE: Emiliano Martinez demands massive Arsenal pay-off as he’s left out of squad vs FulhamFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Ceballos and Nketiah were back on good terms after the game (Picture: Instagram / @danifuli10)Alongside the photo, the Spaniard wrote: ‘No problems here my brother.’Manager Mikel Arteta was also asked about the incident at his post-match press conference but, taking a leaf out of Arsene Wenger’s book, claimed he was unaware of what happened: ‘I haven’t seen anything, sorry. I was inside.’ Comment You don’t see this every day ðDani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah got into a heated exchange during a pre-match training routine ð pic.twitter.com/u1qMPuZ8Ux— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 12, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 4:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.5kShares Advertisement