Horticulturist Tom Holm. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The looming devastation that will be caused by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer insect were detailed in a KMRS Community Connection interview with Morris Tree Board member Tom Holm. He noted that about 30 percent of the tree canopy in the City of Morris is from ash trees and the bug’s potential ruin of vegetation would also effect bird life and other mammals, leading to what some would call an ecological disaster. With the Emerald Ash Borer being spotted in Sauk Centre, Holm said one thing citizens can do to contain its spread: Don’t move firewood.

“It’s been demonstrated that one 18 inch piece of infected firewood can contain up to 40 larvae in it,” said Holm. “So it’s very, very dangerous to move firewood that you’re not sure of.”

For home use, he noted, if you have to bring ash wood in, use it up in the winter months so that adult borers don’t emerge from the larvae in the early summer.


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