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Nobles County, Minn. under emergency quarantine after emerald ash borer found

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 2, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is placing Nobles County under an emergency quarantine after emerald ash borer (EAB) was found in the city of Worthington.
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Because this is the first time EAB has been identified in Nobles County, the MDA will be enacting the emergency quarantine to limit the movement of firewood and ash material out of the county.

This will reduce the risk of further spreading the tree-killing insect.

A total of 19 Minnesota counties, including Nobles County, are now under a full or partial quarantine to prevent the spread of this highly destructive tree pest.

“Many of our recent emerald ash borer finds have been along major roadways, such as this find along Interstate 90 in Worthington,” said Mark Abrahamson, Director of MDA’s Plant Protection Division.

“We can see how this insect and other destructive pests are often moved through human assistance.

“To protect our ash trees, Minnesotans and visitors to our state must continue to be vigilant and obey quarantines limiting the movement of firewood and other ash products around the state.”

Residents of Nobles County are invited to an open house on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, regarding the discovery of emerald ash borer in the county.

Those attending the open house will have an opportunity to learn more about EAB and local options to deal with the insect and hear how residents can limit the spread of the bug.

Experts will be available to answer questions.