Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Not sure how this slipped under the ISW radar, but apparently the emerald ash borer beetle (Agrilus planipennis) wast discovered in West Virginia last October. The Charleston Gazette is reporting that the discovery has prompted a firewood and ash wood product quarantine in Fayette County, where ash borer larvae were discovered in a trap tree deliberately set up to attract the invasive insects. For more on the arrival of the EAB in WV, check out this press release from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

In related news, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently released this notice warning anyone in their state who recently purchased a wooden planter to check it for signs of EAB damage...seems a company in Indiana made planters from ash wood and bark and shipped them to several other states.

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