Emerald Ash Borer

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5:30 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Ash Borer: On the Ground Report

A draw knife is used to expose larvae feeding beneath the bark
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

One of the biggest stories concerning Iowa’s natural resources last year was the onslaught of an insect that will wipe out tens of millions of ash trees across the state. Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen closed out 2014 with a field trip to a forest south of Des Moines, known as “ground zero.”

Four of us climbed aboard an all-terrain vehicle for an excursion along remote hillsides, across ravines, and over a creek, arriving in a densely timbered patch of eastern Lucas County. Jeremy Cochran is District Forester for the Department of Natural Resources.

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