Thursday, July 30, 2009

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Indiana County

Bob K. forwarded this press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announcing discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in Indiana County. That brings to 10 the number of counties in Pennsylvania where it has been found. A quarantine has been put in place.

State and federal Emerald Ash Borer quarantines restrict the movement from the quarantine area of ash nursery stock, green lumber and any other ash material, including logs, stumps, roots and branches, and all wood chips.

In addition to Pennsylvania, the beetle is attacking ash trees in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and is responsible for the death and decline of more than 40 million trees.

You can download the DCNR brochure here. The University Entomology Department has more information here.

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