Posts

The first detection of emerald ash borer in 6 southern counties in Indiana

Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive insect that kills ash trees has been detected for the first time in Jennings, Pike, Scott, Spencer, Sullivan and Warrick counties.

Purple panel traps used to detect the pest captured EAB adults in Pike, Spencer, Sullivan and Warrick counties.

A visual survey of woodpecker-attacked ash trees found EAB in Jennings and Scott counties. Both counties were already quarantined for EAB.

Of Indiana’s 92 counties, 79 have now detected EAB.

Moving firewood spreads forest pests. The Indiana EAB quarantine regulates the movement of certain materials such as whole ash trees, ash limbs, untreated ash lumber with the bark attached, and cut firewood of any hardwood species with the bark attached.

With EAB detections in these new counties, the effectiveness of the quarantine is being evaluated. A decision will be announced in the new year as to whether the county-level quarantine will continue.

Visitors to DNR properties may only bring in firewood if it is certified by the USDA or DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, or is free of bark.

For more information on EAB, or to report an infestation, visit eabindiana.info or call Indiana DNR’s toll-free hotline at 1-866-NO EXOTIC (663-9684). To view the EAB Rule and EAB quarantine declaration visit dnr.IN.gov/entomolo/3443.htm.

Contact Information:

Name: Phil Marshall

Phone: (317) 232-4189

 

Mississinewa Lake starts firewood cutting program

The public can harvest firewood from already felled ash trees in designated areas at Mississinewa Lake starting Dec. 2.

The firewood program will help the park remove the high number of ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer. The park cannot adequately remove all dead trees on its own.

Only trees that have been felled already by park staff will be permitted to be taken.

The program will require each participant to fill out and sign permits and waivers before cutting. Monetary donations will be accepted and used to buy shade trees for the campground areas.

Permits will be for one day only and must be acquired the day of at the park office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Times for cutting will be limited to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Cutting will be prohibited on weekends or holidays.

Protective gear is required and consists of (but is not limited to) helmets, chaps, gloves, leather boots, hearing and eye protection.

Firewood moved from the property must comply with DNR firewood rules, which can be found at firewood.dnr.IN.gov.

For more information, call (765) 473-6528, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Mississinewa Lake (stateparks.IN.gov/2955.htm) is at 4673 S. 625E. Peru, 46970.

Contact Information:

Name: Larry Brown

Phone: (765) 473-6528

Email: dnrnews@dnr.IN.gov