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Checking Ohio's Trees for Asian Longhorned Beetle Essential
Ohio Ag Connection - 07/30/2021

Checking state trees for the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is helping to lift quarantine restrictions of the campground area in East Fork State Park and a necessary step in the overall ALB eradication process. The ALB quarantine could be lifted soon in the park's campground and beyond, ending restrictions, such as moving firewood out of the campground. This milestone highlights the importance of checking trees and being on the lookout for the insect.

Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture and USDA to highlight "Tree Check Month" and discuss how lifting the quarantine will affect campers and visitors to East Fork State Park.

ODA and USDA staff will be available to show where and how to check for signs of an ALB infestation in your trees.

The event takes place Aug. 3 at 12:30 p.m. in the East Fork State Park Campground, 2837 Old State Route 32, Batavia.

ALB was first discovered in Clermont County in June 2011. It is an invasive wood-boring beetle that attacks 12 types of hardwood trees in Ohio, such as maple, elm, birch, willow and Ohio's official state tree, the buckeye. The beetle creates tunnels as it feeds then chews its way out as an adult in the warmer months, typically with emergence peaking in August. Infested trees do not recover, eventually die, and can become safety hazards since their weakened branches can drop and trees can fall over, especially during storms.

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