Quarantine for wood expands

The invasive insect pest Emerald Ash Borer has now been officially identified in six Iowa counties: Allamakee, Black Hawk, Cedar, Des Moines, Jefferson and Union.

As a result, 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 has been issued effective as of Tuesday.

Specifically, homeowners must not remove ash trees or firewood to an area outside the quarantine. Tree removal companies must not haul logs or firewood outside the quarantine area unless inspected and treated as required by the regulations.

Trees Forever and its partners at Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy have been emphasizing the importance of planting a diverse mix of trees to replace the ash that will be lost in our communities. Diversity of tree species will also help reduce the likelihood of another pest or disease destroying an overwhelming number of our communities’ trees in the future.

Visit Trees Forever’s website to find out how your community can apply for grant funding to plant more trees. While at the website, visitors can also learn about options for addressing the impact of emerald ash borer infestation in their community.