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Emerald Ash Borer -- Known as EAB, this tiny insect has been enormously destructive
in states where it has been found. CREDIT MANDATORY -- Image by David Cappeart, Michigan State University. Image via
August 26, 2014
LITTLE ROCK – Twenty-five counties in southern and southwest Arkansas could be subject
to quarantine on the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock and ash logs in an effort
to halt the spread of the emerald ash borer, state officials said Tuesday.
The emerald ash borer, accidentally imported from Asia and confirmed in the U.S. in
2002, has been blamed for the deaths of tens of millions of trees in the United States
and Canada. It has been confirmed in six Arkansas counties. These are: Clark, Columbia,
Dallas, Hot Spring, Nevada and Ouachita.
The proposed quarantine would include all hardwood firewood, all ash nursery stock
and ash for both saw logs and pulpwood, mulch and compost. The area includes the six
infested counties and 19 others as buffer zones: Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Cleveland,
Drew, Garland, Grant, Hempstead, Howard, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Little River,
Miller, Montgomery, Pike, Saline, Sevier and Union counties.
A decision on the proposed quarantine would be made Sept. 11 by the Arkansas State
Plant Board. One option is to enact an emergency rule that would establish a quarantine
that would last 120 days. This time period would allow the ASPB to initiate a process
that includes public hearings on the issue.
A task force with members from the Arkansas State Plant Board, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, Arkansas
Forestry Commission, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas
Forestry Association, Arkansas State Parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas
Association of Conservation Districts, and Natural Resources Conservation Service
met Monday to discuss a possible quarantine.
The quarantine would bar movement of firewood and nursery stock out of the quarantined
area to slow the insect’s spread. Firewood should be sourced locally and burned locally,
state officials said. (See: www.uaex.uada.edu/media-resources/news/2014/april2014/04-18-2014-Ark-Invasives-Firewood.aspx)
The insect, a mere half-inch long, has expanded its range by hundreds of miles since
being discovered in southeastern Michigan. It has since been found in 27 states, including
There was some good news to come from Monday’s meeting,said Tamara Walkingstick, associate
director of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center.
“Survey results were negative for all other counties including Pulaski, Mississippi
and Independence where suspects or suspect ash tree damage was found” she said.
Signs of infestation
Jon Barry, extension forester for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
said Arkansans should be on the lookout for symptoms of infestation. These include:
Barry said if any of these signs of infestation appear, contact your county extension
agent or email the Arkansas State Plant Board at EAB@aspb.ar.gov.
For more information about the emerald ash borer, visit www.emeraldashborer.info or www.arinvasives.org. A fact sheet about the borer may be found at: “Emerald Ash Borer: A potential pest
of ash trees in Arkansas”, downloadable at www.uaex.uada.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-7066.pdf.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all
eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age,
disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Mary HightowerCooperative Extension ServiceU of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org