Editorial: Keep tree pest at bay ... don’t move firewood

Last week was Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in Indiana, as declared by Gov. Mike Pence. In his proclamation, he urged Hoosiers to avoid moving firewood. This is the best defense against the spread of this devastating pest.

Since its initial detection in Indiana about a decade ago, the insect has moved steadily southwest from the northeast corner of the state. Johnson County is one of many Hoosier counties with documented ash borer infestations. All of the surrounding counties also are infected.

The insect only recently was detected in several western Indiana counties, which means only a few counties in far southwestern Indiana have not been hit. But biologists say it is only a matter of time before those areas are hit as well.

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