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An Unwelcome Visitor to North Dakota -- May Soon Arrive

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It's small but destructive -- and it comes to America courtesy of Asia.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic wood-boring beetle currently making it's way across the U.S. to North Dakota.  Believed to have arrived in Michigan by way of wood packing materials, it has no predators here.

Experts say this bug is responsible for the death or decline of millions of Ash trees.  In Bismarck, there are roughly 7,000 Ash trees along Bismarck's streets, not counting parks and private property. 

Jackson Bird, Bismarck City Forester with the Department of Public Works says "with a third of the street trees being Ash, it would leave a big hole in the canopy cover of our city.  If Emerald Ash Borer -- when Emerald Ash Borer -- gets here, we're going to spend a lot of time fighting that pest."

Presently, the nearest infestation is in Minnesota.  In an attempt to stave off entry of the beetle here, officials are cautioning people to not transport Ash firewood across State lines.  Once the bug arrives in Bismarck, treatments can run $150 per tree, per year.


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