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Destructive emerald ash borer detected in northeast Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State forestry officials say they plan to restrict the movement of ash wood in part of northeastern Oklahoma following the discovery of a destructive beetle that has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees across the nation.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry says the emerald ash borer has been discovered in Delaware County. The insect is a non-native, wood-boring beetle and represents a significant threat to ash trees across the state.

Native to Asia, the insect was discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002 and has spread to more than 25 states and Canada.

In Arkansas, forestry officials have issued a quarantine for 33 counties banning the movement of ash items including nursery stock and firewood in an effort to prevent the spread of the beetle.