Monday, March 8, 2010

Emerald Ash Borer found in Minneapolis

Posted by Kirk
I'm taking it a little easy on the blogging this past month as waves of ill health take turns hitting everyone at our house. The end of cold season is just one reason I'll be happy to see spring really hit.

The news keeps on coming in no matter my health and just last week the Minnesota Department of Agriculture survey staff reported that they found 8 trees as of in Minneapolis confirmed to be infested with emerald ash borer. The team found both the S-shaped galleries and the D-shaped exit holes.

The trees are located in Tower Hill Park in the Prospect Hill Neighborhood. This is very close to the original infestation in St. Paul so this is likely part of the same incident and not really a new infestation.

"When we found the St. Paul infestation last May so close to the border of the two cities, we knew there was a good chance we'd find it in Minneapolis," said MDA Plant Protection Director Geir Friisoe. "That's why we included Hennepin County in the initial EAB quarantine, even though it had only been confirmed in Ramsey County."

For more information on the find, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website.