emerald ash borer

6:51 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Kentucky Forestry Officials Plan to Meet on Growing Emerald Ash Borer Issue

Emerald Ash Borer
Credit Creative Commons

An ongoing insect infestation is causing both safety and aesthetic concerns at a well-known Kentucky state park.

The emerald ash borer, which is native to Asia but new to North America, was first seen in Kentucky just four years ago. Since, then it’s done serious damage to trees in 24 counties. State officials are especially worried about its impact on General Butler State Park near Carrolton.

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12:05 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Emerald Ash Borer Still a Threat to Louisville's Trees, But City Response is Piecemeal

Jacob Trader of Limbwalker getting ready to treat an ash tree in Cherokee Park.
Erica Peterson WFPL

As Louisville begins to confront an urban tree canopy decimated by drought and storms, another hazard is poised to do even more damage. Emerald ash borers are invasive beetles that attack ash trees; if the trees aren’t treated, the pest could wipe out most or all of Louisville’s ash trees. But the city still lacks a comprehensive plan to combat the insect.

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