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Last updated 5:37AM ET
April 21, 2018
Prairie Region News
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Invasive Species a Signifianct Threat To ND Tree Population
(Prairie Public) - Forestry Departments around North Dakota are issuing advisories and gearing up for the possible on-set of Emerald Ash Borer in the state. State Forster Larry Kotchman says North Dakota is part of a multi-state effort to prevent the spread of the invasive insect.
"...Most invasive insects hitch a ride on firewood or other kinds of wood materials, so it's important that those things be remembered when people are going camping for example and we continue to see people that come this direction on recreational activities often times bring firewood with them and that's a practice we're trying to really discourage people from doing."
Along with not transporting wood, Kotchman says diversity needs to be kept in mind when planting new trees...
"...The diversity of tree species available to plant in this climate is somewhat limited. It makes it all the more important thought, to make sure we don't rely on one species, like we sometime have done in the past. Green Ash is certainly an example of a tree that's a native to North Dakota, it's extremely hearty, adaptable to a wide variety of planting conditions, and sometimes we tend to overuse species like that."
Emerald Ash Borer is responsible for killing tens of millions ash trees in a dozen states and two Canadian Provinces. Kotchman says the Emerald Ash Borer was discovered last summer in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.
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