FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 16, 2016
Dodge County residents invited to public meeting concerning emerald ash borer
Public can also weigh in on adoption of a formal quarantine of Dodge County
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Residents of Dodge County are invited to a public meeting on Monday, October 3, 2016 regarding the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the county.
On September 6, 2016, MDA staff identified EAB larvae in an ash tree in the city of Kasson after a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) trap captured an insect in the area.
Those attending the upcoming meetings will have an opportunity to listen to presentations on EAB, hear about local options to deal with the insect, and learn how residents can limit the spread of the bug. Experts from the MDA, University of Minnesota, and other state and federal partner agencies will be available to answer questions.
Emerald Ash Borer Informational Meeting
Monday, October 3, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School
606 16th Street NE
Kasson, MN 55944
The public will also have an opportunity to provide input on the adoption of a formal EAB quarantine of Dodge County. An emergency quarantine was placed on the area when EAB was discovered. The MDA will take comments on the formal quarantine through October 21, 2016 and proposes to adopt the quarantine on October 24, 2016. The quarantine limits the movement of ash trees and limbs, and hardwood firewood out of the county. The proposed quarantine language can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us/eab. Comments can be made at the public meetings or by contacting:
Kimberly Thielen Cremers
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves nutrients up and down the trunk. Minnesota is highly susceptible to the destruction caused by invasive insect. The state has approximately one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation. For more information on emerald ash borer, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/eab.
CONTACT: Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications
651-201-6185 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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