Emerald Ash Borer

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    This invasive insect from Asia targets ash trees. First detected in the United States in 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is now found in fourteen states centered on the Great Lakes basin. Approximately 130,000 square miles are considered infested, representing 7 percent of the native range of North American ash species. The total value of the annual harvest of ash timber is estimated at $150 million. Many species of ash are riparian, filling important niches in the ecosystem, and ash has been widely planted in urban landscapes. In FY 2010, APHIS anticipates spending $37.2 million to protect the nation’s remaining ash resource from emerald ash borer.

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    1. farlane 44 months ago | reply

      Hello, we're featuring this on Michigan Invasive Species: Emerald Ash Borer.

      Thanks for making your photo available via Creative Commons and please feel welcome to add it to the Absolute Michigan pool!

    2. artbrown305 16 months ago | reply

      These are so crazy looking! I've heard they can really damage the trees. There are some experts who can help with emerald ash borers in Minnesota.

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