ST. PAUL, Minn. (TEC News) — An awareness week was created to alert the public about tree pests. Governor Dayton proclaimed this week as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.
"The native range of the emerald ash borer (EAB) includes China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the Russian Far East. The EAB was unknown in North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002. Today, EAB infestations have been detected in 18 states; Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The EAB is an enormous threat to our urban, suburban and rural forests. EAB kills stressed and healthy trees and is so aggressive that ash trees may die within two or three years after they become infested." (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/emerald_ash_b/)