Emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that targets and kills ash trees. All ash species native to North America are vulnerable to attack. With nearly 1 billion ash trees in Minnesota, the spread of emerald ash borer will have a serious impact on our forests and communities.
The emerald ash borer was found in Isanti County for the first time in November 2022. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed its presence in Stanford Township.
It's important to prevent the spread of emerald ash borer. Due to this, the MDA is enacting an emergency wood quarantine of the southern portion of Isanti county south of State Highway 95, which limits the movement of firewood and ash material out of the area.
The public will have an opportunity to provide input on the proposal to add Isanti County’s emergency quarantine to the state’s formal quarantine. The MDA is taking comments on the proposed formal quarantine now through Dec 22, 2022 and recommends adopting the quarantine on January 3, 2023. Read the MDA's announcement here.
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