On April 22, the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture announced a state quarantine on firewood, ash trees, and ash tree products in Houston County. The precautionary measure is designed to prevent the spread of emerald ash borer, a highly destructive tree pest recently discovered just across the Mississippi River from Houston County. Read the full announcement here.
MDA and DNR officials urge all Minnesota citizens to take several steps to help keep EAB from spreading:
- Don’t transport firewood, even within Minnesota. Don’t bring firewood along on a camping trip.
- Don’t buy or move firewood from outside Minnesota.
- Watch for signs of infestation in your ash trees. If you suspect your ash tree could be infested by EAB, visit www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/pestmanagement/eab.htm and use the “Do I Have Emerald Ash Borer?” (PDF) checklist on the MDA’s EAB web page.
For more on the recent discovery, see the announcement and many links in our April 7 post: EAB discovered in Wisconsin, a mile from Minnesota.