INVASIVE PEST: Coalition Fighting Emerald Ash Borer

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Emerald ash borer.

Emerald ash borer.

An Iowa group is planning to ask lawmakers for millions to help fight the Emerald Ash Borer invasion.

The invasive species has now been found in five Iowa counties. Those are Union, Cedar, Allamakee, Des Moines, and Jefferson counties.

The pest’s larvae kills ash trees by burrowing under the bark and eating the layers of the tree.

The Coalition for Iowa’s Woodlands and Trees plans to ask the legislature for $3.8 million once the session begins later this month. If the funding is approved, communities would apply for grants from the coalition to help remove threatened trees and replant other species.