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Emerald Ash Borer Destruction Continues
32 States Now Have Restrictions


The emerald ash borer is not native to North America but it has infested forests throughout the U.S.

Vermont has become the latest state to issue a quarantine due to the spread of the emerald ash borer.

Under the action, ash trees cannot be transported between states or counties. The pest has mostly affected the East Coast and officials are concerned about it spreading to the West Coast.

On the East Coast, Maine has been unaffected by the pest but it has been found as far away as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the first infestation in that state. Recently, the emerald ash borer was identified in Wisconsin.

The quarantine is a precautionary effort to prevent the spread of it to new states. The following states have had confirmed infestations as of May 9, 2018:
o Alabama
o Arkansas
o Colorado
o Connecticut
o Delaware
o Georgia
o Illinois
o Indiana
o Iowa
o Kansas
o Kentucky
o Maryland
o Massachusetts
o Michigan
o Minnesota
o Missouri
o Nebraska
o New Hampshire
o New Jersey
o New York
o North Carolina
o South Carolina
o South Dakota
o Ohio
o Oklahoma
o Pennsylvania
o Tennessee
o Texas
o Virginia
o West Virginia
o Wisconsin

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August 24, 2019, 10:43 pm PDT

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