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Tree Climbing Underway in Massachusetts

by Chris Sorensen |

Two dozen U.S. Forest Service smokejumpers from seven western bases will climb trees in Worcester for the next two months, looking for infestations of the Asian longhorned beetle.

The group includes five jumpers from the Missoula, Mont. smokejumper base, three from the West Yellowstone base and four from the Grangeville smokejumper base in northern Idaho, all in the Forest Service’s Northern Region.

The smokejumpers in Worcester worked previously on beetle infestation projects in Chicago, New York and New Jersey.

Boyd Burtch is team leader for the group.

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