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$3 million for Worcester to help plant 30,000 trees

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Worcester will receive $3 million from the state to help it replant 30,000 trees cut down to stop the spread of a tree-killing Asian longhorned beetle. The goal is to replant the trees by 2014, said Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray and US Representative James P. McGovern. “Investing these capital resources will make it possible for us to reach our goal of fully reforesting Worcester and the surrounding towns that were devastated by the Asian Longhorned beetle infestation,” said Murray. The beetle was first found in Worcester in August 2008. Since then, more than 32,000 landscape trees and thousands of open forest trees have been removed to try and eradicate the beetle.

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