Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive insect that kills ash trees, has been detected for the first time in Pulaski County.
EAB was detected in two different places in the county. The first detection was in the horse campground in Tippecanoe River State Park. The second detection was in Winamac City Park.
EAB, first detected in Indiana in 2004, has now been found in 61 Indiana counties. The primary mode of transport for this pest is through movement of firewood in campgrounds.
Both counties were already quarantined when a larger quarantined area was created in late 2011 for biological and economic reasons. Indiana's EAB-quarantined area includes all but12 counties, all of which are in the southwestern part of the state.
The Indiana EAB quarantine regulates the movement of certain materials such as whole ash trees, ash limbs, untreated ash lumber with the bark attached, and cut firewood of any hardwood species with the bark attached. Moving regulated materials out of the quarantined area to the 12 southwestern counties requires a compliance agreement from the DNR.
Movement of regulated materials within the quarantined area is not restricted. However, DNR recommends against moving regulated material from now through July, when EAB is emerging and flying to find trees to infest. Moving regulated materials during this time helps spread EAB.
Visitors can bring firewood onto DNR properties if it is certified by the USDA or DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, or is free of bark.