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IN DNR Asking For Help To Prevent The Spread Of Emerald Ash Borer

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Millions of ash trees cover the state of Indiana, and experts say this is the peak time of year for the Emerald Ash Borer to destroy them.

State leaders are reminding residents to protect the trees and not move firewood, between cities or counties, or even between home and campground.

State Entomologist Phillip Marshall says about seven percent of Indiana’s forests are ash trees, which puts about 147-million trees at risk.

Currently, 84 counties in Indiana are under quarantine, including Tippecanoe County.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species, native to China and eastern Asia, but it's been found in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Illinois and Virginia.

It was first detected in Indiana in 2004.

He says people are also encouraged to report any suspected infestations to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to keep track of the beetle’s location.

The toll-free hotline is 1-866 NO EXOTIC.