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Emerald ash borer confirmed in three more counties in Arkansas

By the U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts:

    • Three counties added to list of confirmed emerald ash borer sightings
    • Traps laid outside quarantined counties to check for potential expansion

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LITTLE ROCK– The Arkansas State Plant Board has added three more counties to the list of confirmed emerald ash borer sites, said Tamara Walkingstick, associate director-Arkansas Forest Resources Center.

The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that feeds on and eventually kills ash trees that are infested. 

Emerald Ash Borer. (Image courtesy Taylor Scarr, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, CREDIT MANDATORY.

“Calhoun, Union, and Bradley counties join the list of sites confirmed last year in Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Hot Spring, Nevada and Ouachita counties,” she said.

A 25-county ash quarantine area was established in September 2014 by the state Plant Board. The area already included Calhoun, Union, and Bradley counties and the quarantine, to date, has not changed, according to the state Plant Board.

Traps have been placed outside the quarantined counties to monitor possible spread outside those boundaries and will yield results later this summer.

Landowners who spot the ash borers or see a tree with symptoms of infestation should contact the Arkansas State Plant Board at 501-225-1598 or email

Homeowners should remember that the ash borer primarily attacks ash trees and Arkansas is home to five species: Carolina, Green, Blue, White, and Pumpkin ash. EAB has also attacked  fringe trees in Ohio.  

Find resources for EAB identification and details at the Arkansas State Plant Board, Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and Arkansas Forestry Commission sites, via the following links:

    • Arkansas Ash Quarantine Map:
    • Ash Quarantine and Regulations:
    • EAB Identification, Symptoms, Treatment, and Photos:
    • EAB Discussion/Presentation:
    • Ash Tree Identification: 

The Cooperative Extension Service and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center are part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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