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Emerald Ash Borer: Oklahoma Forestry Service

With the quarantine of ash trees in Arkansas, the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) to millions of Oklahoma ash trees intensifies for southeastern Oklahoma, especially McCurtain and Le Flore counties. As the pest is literally next door, Oklahoma Forestry Services is asking Oklahomans to help prevent the infestation spread and be on the lookout and report any signs that the insect is in the state.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an Asian, invasive, wood-boring beetle, first detected in the United States in 2002 in Michigan. Since its detection, these beetles have moved to at least 20 other states and have killed tens of millions of ash trees, costing communities, property owners and industries millions of dollars. It is suspected to have accidentally arrived in the United States from Asia in wood packing material.

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New infestations are caused by people unknowingly moving infested ash to an uninfected area. The fastest means for moving Emerald Ash Borer to new areas is by...

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