Smokejumpers Looking For Beetles

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

They’ll be using their tree-climbing expertise to help pest prevention experts look for Asian longhorned beetles.

Steve Lyle with the state Department of Food and Agriculture says seeing smokejumpers up in the trees is pretty unusual. 

"To the passerby it would seem to all be happening for no apparent reason but in fact it’s a very good reason and that is to try to detect a pest that if left undetected and not eradicated could cause some serious damage to trees in California and the West."

The smokejumpers first came to Sacramento last year after the tree-eating beetles were found in the McClellan park area. Thursday's search will be in North Sacramento.