Emerald Ash Borer Beatle Spreading Across America

boringbeetle01 Emerald Ash Borer Beatle Spreading Across America

Is there anyway to stop the Emerald Ash Borer from whipping out the Ash Trees in North America?

The emerald ash borer already has infested trees in more than 1,200 cities and townships in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, said Philip Bell, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service regional manager for the beetle.

The USDA has imposed a quarantine in states with the beetle that prevents host materials such as firewood, bark and wood chips from crossing state lines. The Wisconsin DNR adopted an emergency rule last year that forces campers at state parks to use firewood obtained in Wisconsin.

Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn, said he’s ”sickened” by the thought of losing Wisconsin’s ash trees, but doubts the state can stop the beetle. The USDA has imposed a quarantine in states with the beetle that prevents host materials such as firewood, bark and wood chips from crossing state lines. The Wisconsin DNR adopted an emergency rule last year that forces campers at state parks to use firewood obtained in Wisconsin.

It was accidentally imported to North America from China in the 1990s and has since destroyed more than six million ash trees in southeastern Michigan…. Ohio and Ontario have experienced emerald ash borer migration from Michigan, while Maryland and Virginia received shipments of contaminated trees from a Michigan nursery.

…The U.S. Department of Agriculture is attempting to exterminate all of these beetles on the continent, and has taken the unusual measure of destroying every ash tree within a half-mile (800 m) radius of known infested trees…. Large fines have been imposed on a few companies that violated the ban, including one that was removing ash trees from southeast Michigan and is believed to be responsible for spreading the beetle to another county. The USDA has committed at least $40 million dollars for eradication in 2004 and expects to spend over $350 million in the next twelve years.

As long as the bug does not eat the bark at the very base of the tree, the small shoots at the bottom can still get nutrients.

The Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis or Agrilus marcopoli) is a shiny green beetle and an invasive species known for killing ash trees in the United States. Its natural range is eastern Russia, northern China, Japan, and Korea. It was accidentally imported to North America from China in the 1990s and has since destroyed more than six million ash trees in southeastern Michigan. It was discovered in June 2002 in Canton, Michigan. It has since been found in a few other parts of the United States and Canada. Ohio and Ontario have experienced emerald ash borer migration from Michigan, while Maryland and Virginia received shipments of contaminated trees from a Michigan nursery. The emerald ash borer was confirmed in Indiana in April 2004.

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