DES MOINES, Iowa—The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in a residential tree in Newton in Jasper County. The identity was made from a sample collected on March 20, 2014. The infestation in Newton was found by a citizen who reported suspect ash trees to City staff, who then contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was issued on Feb. 4, 2014.
“I hope this latest EAB find is a wake-up call to landowners and communities in Iowa that there is no time to waste in preparing for this destructive beetle,” said State Entomologist Robin Pruisner of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. “The time is now to determine how many ash trees you have, what condition they’re in, and what you intend to do with those ash trees as EAB works its way across Iowa.”
The Iowa EAB Team provides EAB diagnostic assistance to landowners and includes officials from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the USDA Forest Service.
Mary Clancy, Program Coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Boone County has scheduled a public visit by members of the Iowa EAB team. The program will be Monday, April 7th at 6:30 PM at the Community Building on the Boone County Fair Grounds. The program is free to the public. Public officials will have a separate meeting with the team earlier in the day.