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Emerald ash borer is coming, workshop set

By Staff | Nov 16, 2014

CHEROKEE – Emerald ash borer has been found in Iowa. The most recent infestation was documented in August 2014 in Story County. Story County is the 13th confirmed infestation in the state.The Emerald ash borer is expected to keep spreading throughout the State of Iowa … are communities prepared for this disease or any other potential diseases of the future?

Join Jesse Randall, a forestry specialist with Iowa State Extension at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Western Iowa Tech Community College, Cherokee campus auditorium where he will discuss all aspects of the EAB including identification, symptoms, and treatment options, and what that means for the future. Common non-related decline of the ash tree information will also be available. A team of EAB officials from Iowa Department Agriculture Land Stewardship, Department of Natural Resources, and USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the USDA Forest Service will also be available to answer any questions regarding EAB diagnostic assistance to landowners.

“The Emerald ash borer (Agrilusplanipennis) is perhaps one of the most destructive tree pests we have seen in decades. Larvae of this insect feed under the bark of ash trees. They damage the ability of the tree to transport water and nutrients, and may kill the tree in as little as two to four years,” said Randall.

Iowa found EAB for the first time in 2010. The pest was found on an island in the main channel of the Mississippi River that was less than a mile from known infested areas in Wisconsin and Minnesota. To date, EAB has been officially found in thirteen Iowa counties: Allamakee, Des Moines, Jefferson, Cedar, Union, Black Hawk, Bremer, Wapello, Jasper, Henry, Muscatine, Boone, and Story counties.

The entire State of Iowa was placed under quarantine for EAB on Feb. 4, 2014, to slow the accidental movement of EAB by humans to areas outside of Iowa. A matching statewide Federal quarantine is also active.

The Iowa EAB Team strongly cautions Iowans not to transport firewood across county or state lines, since the movement of firewood throughout Iowa or to other states increases the risk of spreading EAB infestations.

Register by Nov. 26 by contacting Mary Dunn at the ISU Extension office in Cherokee at (712) 225-6196.

There is no charge for the seminar.

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