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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed Near Crooks

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 16, 2022

Media Contact: Brian Walsh, brian.walsh@state.sd.us


Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed Near Crooks


PIERRE S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) Forest Health Team has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Minnehaha County near Crooks, South Dakota. EAB has previously been confirmed in other areas of Minnehaha and Lincoln counties.   


“Potentially impacted ash trees were reported by a landowner,” said Greg Josten, DANR State Forester. “Upon inspection, DANR’s Forest Health Team confirmed the presence of EAB pupae in one of the trees.”


The movement of infested wood, including firewood, is a common way to spread EAB from one community to another. State and local quarantines are in place to help slow the spread, but it is important to remember not to move firewood – Buy it Where you Burn It!


The state quarantine, which is in place year-round, prohibits the movement of any raw ash wood, such as logs, or firewood from any hardwood species out of Lincoln, Minnehaha, and Turner counties. In addition, the city of Sioux Falls has banned the movement of ash wood from Memorial Day to Labor Day.


For more information about EAB or to report a suspected sighting please visit https://emeraldashborerinsouthdakota.sd.gov/.


In addition, DANR is hosting an online EAB update and seminar on Wednesday, May 18, from 1 to 2 pm CDT via ZOOM. To register please visit:





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