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Watching for the Emerald Ash Borer

By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – You've likely heard of the destructive Southern Pine Beetle..now there's another insect you should know about.

The Emerald Ash Borer has wiped out acres of ash trees in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio. Now the pest has been spotted in Tennessee and state Forestry officials are worried that it may make its way into Georgia.

They say that while its natural southward movement is fairly slow, it's being helped along by people.

Mark McClure of the Georgia Forestry Commission said, "folks come down from up north and different areas and say come down south to go camping at some of the campgrounds and they can bring ash firewood with them and the insect would be in the firewood."

Foresters are setting up purple traps in every state park.  They say that the best way to make sure that you don't have the pests in your firewood is to buy it locally.

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