Do you have the emerald ash borer near you? Don’t run to your nearest bar. It’s not the latest cocktail! If you forgot about it—because it hasn’t been in the news recently—it’s a beautiful, tiny, shiny beetle…an invader from Asia. And it’s killing virtually all the North American ash trees.
35 states are currently infested, along with 5 Canadian provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba.
Government efforts to protect the trees include federal quarantine boundaries that surround nearly all of the eastern United States and currently reach across the Mississippi to the western boundary of 3 more states. Canada also has its own EAB regulated areas.
Despite these efforts, as of February 1, 2019 there is an initial county detection in Cass County, Iowa. The beetle continues its westward movement.
If you would like to find out the status of your area, you can visit www.emeraldashborer.info. Also check the site for a list of free webinars on the topic scheduled throughout Spring 2019.
And if you miss any, replays are available. The first one of the series was yesterday and can be replayed at http://www.emeraldashborer.info/eabu.php. For ideas on how you might be active in replacing lost trees in your area, see additional posts on this page.
Finally if you are interested in some background on the ground zero experience of this catastrophe, see http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/emerald-ash-borer-DNR-070715.aspx