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Concern grows over Emerald Ash Borer

March 16, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

From an initial report from northeastern Iowa to a recent discovery in our neighboring county to the north, Black Hawk, officials are sounding the alarm over Emerald Ash Borers in the state. They are described as "an exotic, destructive insect of ash trees." Currently it has been found in four Iowa counties and "has the potential tospread acrosss the state, officials warn.

The ash tree is reported fairly common throughout the state. Chronicle news correspondent Joyce Wiese and her husband, Dallas, said they have two of the trees on their property east of Toledo.

A meeting for area residents is set for Thursday, March 20, at the Marshalltown Public Library, 105 West Boone St., to provide information how to identify the trees, Emerald Ash Borer identification, and how residents can be proactive in dealing with it.

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Joe Herring, District Forester, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Mike Kinter, EAB?Outreach and regulatory coordinator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Mark Schour, ISU?entomologist are scheduled to be on hand to address questions.

The meeting will be from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and is open to the public. It is free and no pre-registration is needed.

Fact Box

DNR?to answer Emerald Ash Borer questions

live on Facebook

DES MOINES -Iowans with questions about spring tree planting, Iowa's forest health or the spread of the emerald ash borer can have their questions answered during a live question and answer session March 18 from noon - 2:30 p.m.on the DNR's Facebook page.

To ask a question, post it as a comment on the "Live Q&A" post that the DNR will post at noon that day. You can also post questions ahead of time on the DNR's Facebook Timeline at make sure you see the Facebook live Q&A when it is posted, make sure you "like" the DNR's page on Facebook.



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