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As Emerald Ash Borer Spreads In North Carolina, A Call Goes Out For Landowners To Help Save Trees

 

June 19, 2017

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The emerald ash borer leaves distinctive tunnels.

Western North Carolina has been hit hard by exotic tree pests and diseases. We all know the story of chestnut blight that wiped out the most numerous and important tree in our forests in the early 1900s. In recent years we have lived to watch the deep green of our hemlocks fade to gray as hemlock woolly adelgid sucks the life out of our most important shade-tolerant conifer. Now, we are watching as a tidal wave of emerald ash borer beetles (EAB) crashes through our forests.

If you are not familiar with the emerald ash borer, it is a small, metallic-green beetle from the Eurasian Continent...



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