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Emerald ash borer confirmed in Cass County

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Posted at 2:43 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 15:59:08-04

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture confirmed on Friday that they found  af emerald ash borer in a tree located on private property in Greenwood.

This is the second confirmed infested tree in Nebraska. 

Earlier this month, EAB was also found in a tree at Pulaski Park in Omaha.

The Nebraska EAB working group offers the following suggestions to help prevent the human-assisted spread of the pest:

  • Use locally-sourced firewood, burning it in the same county where you purchased it.
  • Firewood is a transportation vessel for the pest.
  • Only high value ash tress located within 15 miles of a known infestation should be considered for treatment.

Officials say that anyone who sees that a tree in declining health should be considered for removal. If you feel you have located an EAB infestation, please report it to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at (402) 471-2351, the Nebraska Forest Service at (402) 472-2944 or your local USDA office at (402) 434-2345.

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