Our money doesn’t grow on trees
Whether it’s too much rain, not enough rain, floods, mud slides, wild land fires, pestilence, disease or whatever the disaster might be, the wrath of Mother Nature is most often dictated by man’s ignorance and mistakes. Such is the case with the Emerald Ash Borer, and I absolutely guarantee you that within a few years this tree pest will be here, in central Iowa, as it moves north and westward across the state.
My undergraduate degree was in forestry at Utah State University, and checking my entomology class books, EAB is not mentioned. Sure enough, the little iridescent green critter is native to eastern Asia, and wasn’t even noticed until 2002 when it was found in ash trees just outside of Detroit, Mich.
Apparently, the beetle came across the ocean in wooden pallets, and soon was boring through the bark and into the life blood of a tree, located in the cambium.
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