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Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is May 21-27 in South Dakota



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 (***Editor’s Note: This release contains links to PHOTOS and AUDIO***)


Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is May 21-27 in South Dakota


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 21-27, 2017 as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota.


While it has not yet been discovered in South Dakota, there is concern about the potential introduction of the destructive insect. The ash tree species are commonly used as urban street trees, wind breaks and shelter belts. Native ash species have no natural defense against the emerald ash borer (EAB).


“Experts predict that the most likely way for the borer to spread to South Dakota is through the movement of firewood from an infested area,” said state forester Greg Josten. “The most effective way people can help prevent unwanted pests like EAB from entering South Dakota is to buy firewood where you intend to burn it. If you are a South Dakota resident traveling to another state, please don’t bring firewood home with you. If you are a property owner who allows visitors to have campfires, please talk to them about the importance of purchasing firewood locally and provide information about firewood sources in your area. If visitors leave behind firewood after they depart and you are unsure of its origin, please destroy the wood as soon as possible.” (***Download EAB audio here***)

Native to Asia, the emerald ash borer only attacks true ash trees. The larvae feed beneath the bark, disrupting the movement of water and nutrients and killing the tree within several years. EAB has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in the United States over the past decade. EAB has expanded its infestation since its introduction to the Great Lakes region in the 1990s and is now found in 25 states, including neighboring Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.


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(***Download a photo of an EAB infested tree damaged by woodpckers here***)


(***Download a photo of EAB larval galleries in the same tree as mentioned above here***)