Lebanon Reporter

April 13, 2013

Destructive insects spread in Boone

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor

Advance — Emerald ash borers, insects that have killed tens of millions of trees since first being found in the U.S. in 2002, are slowly spreading in Boone County.

The insect’s presence was verified by aerial surveillance on Nov. 3, 2011, near Union Elementary School on CR 300 E, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. A area larger than 50 acres was affected.

“It wasn’t just one or two trees,” said Philip T. Marshall, an entomologist and forest health specialist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. “There were a bunch there.”

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