Ash tree killer confirmed in Story County
DES MOINES (AP) — Officials say the destructive emerald ash borer has been confirmed in central Iowa’s Story County.
The state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Monday that the latest infestation means 13 counties have confirmed cases of the insect, which destroys the ash tree species over a period of years. Officials say two of the beetle’s larvae were found by a homeowner in Story City.
A statewide quarantine was issued in early February. It restricts the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into nonquarantined areas of other states.