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Published: January 7, 2020


ANOTHER TENNESSEE COUNTY HAS BEEN QUARANTINED FOR EMERALD ASH BORER OR E-A-B AFTER DETECTION OF THE FOREST-DEVASTATING INSECT. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, LEWIS COUNTY JOINS 62 OTHER COUNTIES UNDER A STATE AND FEDERAL E-A-B QUARANTINE. THE QUARANTINE RESTRICTS THE MOVEMENT OF FIREWOOD, ASH NURSERY STOCK, ASH TIMBER, AND OTHER MATERIAL THAT CAN SPREAD EAB. THE TREE-KILLING BEETLE WAS RECENTLY FOUND IN LEWIS COUNTY THROUGH THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE’S E-A-B DETECTION PROGRAM. SINCE BEING INTRODUCED TO THE U.S. IN THE 1990S, THE DESTRUCTIVE INSECT HAS KILLED MILLIONS OF ASH TREES AND SPREAD TO 35 STATES. CITIZENS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY SYMPTOMATIC ASH TREES TO THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.