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This article from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture gives a clear strategy to combat the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

This is useful advice to everyone, whether in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Dayton, or anywhere in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

‘Buy Local, Burn Local’ firewood to help stop spread of emerald ash borer

Monday, May 23, 2011
For more information contact:
Bill Clary
(502) 564-1137

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer reminds all Kentuckians that they can do their part to control the emerald ash borer by always buying local firewood.

The emerald ash borer (EAB) was first discovered in Kentucky two years ago on May 22. The week of May 22-28 is recognized as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week nationwide.

“A good rule of thumb for firewood is ‘buy local, burn local,’” Commissioner Farmer said. “That’s an easy thing Kentuckians can remember to help stop the spread of the emerald ash borer while helping our state’s hardwood producers.”

The movement of infested firewood contributes to the borer’s spread. Quarantines have been established in Kentucky and other states with confirmed infestations because EAB larvae can survive hidden in the bark of firewood.

Commissioner Farmer and other officials urge Kentuckians to take the following steps:

  • Don’t move firewood, even within Kentucky. Don’t bring firewood with you from home to campgrounds or parks. Buy all your wood there, and don’t take extra wood back home.
  • Don’t buy firewood from outside Kentucky. If someone comes to your door selling firewood, ask them where the wood came from. If it came from outside Kentucky, don’t buy it.

The EAB (Agrilus planipennis) likely arrived in the U.S. in 2002 in southwest Michigan hidden in wood packing materials commonly used to ship goods. On May 22, 2009, officials with the Office of the State Entomologist announced the first confirmed findings of the EAB in Kentucky.

State officials since have quarantined 22 Kentucky counties, prohibiting the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, green ash lumber, and other ash materials. The quarantined counties are: Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Campbell, Carroll, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Greenup, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Scott, Shelby, Trimble and Woodford. The EAB has been found in Boone, Boyd, Campbell, Fayette, Franklin, Greenup, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Oldham, Owen and Shelby counties.

For more information about the EAB, visit http://pest.ca.uky.edu/EXT/EAB/welcome.html.

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This recent article in the Bowling Green Daily News explains what Kentucky is doing about the Emerald Ash Borer problem.

The Great Outdoors: Bad news bugs

By GEORDON T. HOWELL, For the Daily News
Saturday, May 28, 2011 11:32 PM CDT

If you’ve noticed purple boxes tethered to the limbs of trees alongside county roads the past couple of years and wondered what purpose they served, you are not alone. More than 5,000 of these purple prism traps have been placed throughout Kentucky, with a large concentration in WarrenCounty, to track a foreign invader that has taken up unwelcome residence in the Bluegrass. The purpose of these traps is to monitor the spread of the emerald ash borer. The small insect, native to Asia, preys on and subsequently kills our ash trees as its larvae consume the trees’ inner bark and upsets the flow of water and nutrients. Usually, affected trees die within two years because of the borer larvae’s disruption of the trees’ life processes.

Amazingly, this bug wasn’t even discovered in the United States until 2002, when ash trees in the Great Lakes region began to die off. Since then, the green bug and its destructive young have colonized trees throughout a large area, which includes trees in northern Kentucky as of 2009.

Yet, how can a tiny insect that cannot fly much more than a half-mile from where it emerges spread so quickly in such a relatively short amount of time? The answer lies in us, the human factor. Just as the ash borer most likely arrived in wooden shipping containers carrying goods from far away, American campers now unknowingly spread the insect by packing firewood from home and then traveling hundreds of miles to camping spots, which subsequently become the new habitat for the emerald ash borer. For this and other similar reasons, Kentucky State Parks does not allow outside firewood to be brought in so that exotic pests are not introduced to our forested lands.

The repercussions of the borer’s expansion could be quite bad, considering that the Kentucky Division of Forestry estimates there are more than 220 million stems of white and green ash growing within the state. That equates to a whole lot of susceptible trees on the hillsides and in folks’ yards that could fall victim to this foreign invader.

Twenty counties in Kentucky are under a quarantine to prevent the borers from spreading, which means that permits must be had to move certain articles, such as unprocessed logs, firewood and ash nursery stock, which may harbor the adults or larvae of emerald ash borers.

In our immediate area, where no emerald ash borers have been located, it is suggested only to monitor the ash trees on your property regularly and withhold any treatment of insecticide.

Ashes are easily recognized with a bit of practice, either by searching for a photo online or utilizing a field guide to distinguish them from other similar looking trees like elms. More information about the emerald ash borer, such as how to identify them and more about the insects’ life cycle, can be gathered online at www.emeraldashborer.info. Probably the single greatest take-away from this invading insect’s impact on the country thus far is that we all need to constantly be aware of what each of us takes away from or brings into our local outdoors and the implications that even an armful of firewood for the campsite may have in our surroundings.

— Geordon T. Howell is outdoors columnist for the Daily News. He may be reached by e-mailing highbrasshowell@yahoo.com.

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