Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer

Photo by David Cappaert, Michigan State University,


I just wanted to send you a few words of information concerning the Emerald Ash Borer.  This rather small insect arrived in Detroit, MI in 2002 from Asia.  Right now it is the fastest moving invasive in the US (See the map).  The quarantine line was re-drawn on 04/03/14 to include ALL of Kentucky.  This insect can fly about ½ mile from its host tree, BUT its #1 method of spread is the movement of infested firewood.  It is already in Gatlinburg, Knoxville, and Nashville.  I expect to find it in our northern State Parks and at the Talladega Super Speedway by 2015.
Check out this link: and the two attachments.  Please become familiar with this pest, so you can help your communities when they encounter it.  While ash does not occupy a large percentage of our forested canopy, it is the most valuable of our hardwoods.  Ash tends to occupy the wetter areas in the forest.  North facing slopes, as well as creek and riverbottoms, and lakeshores are prime ash habitat.  Blessings.


Andrew J. Baril, RF, CF (AL SAF 2014 Division Chairman)
Regional Extension Agent – Forestry, Wildlife, & NR
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Walker County Extension Office
1501 North Airport Road
Jasper, AL 35504
205.221.3392 office
205.388.6893 cell

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