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Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer on leafThe emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a destructive wood-boring pest of ash trees (Fraxinus spp.). Native to China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the Russian Far East, the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) was unknown in North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002. Today, EAB infestations have been detected in 35 states and the District of Columbia; Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. APHIS works with State cooperators to detect, control and prevent the human-assisted spread of the pest in order to safeguard America’s ash trees. More information about the EAB Program can be found in the documents below.


InfoBox EAB Story Map

The Emerald Ash Borer Story Map, by USDA APHIS

An interactive story map of the USDA’s history of combating the infestation and the continuing efforts to protect ash trees in the U.S.


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Herb Bolton
National Policy Manager
Office: 301-851-3594
Email: Herbert.Bolton@usda.gov

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