Illinois Department of Agriculture

Illinois To Drop Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

Oct 26, 2015

Illinois is joining several Midwest states in lifting an internal quarantine of the Emerald Ash Borer. It is an invasive beetle native to Asia that has been destroying ash trees around the state.

Restriction of firewood movement helped contain the pest, but the number of affected Illinois counties still increased.

Scott Schirmer is the Plant and Pesticide Specialist Supervisor for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. He says discovery of the beetle in 10 new counties led to the decision.

Illinois officials say the threat of bird flu required limits on poultry at this year’s Illinois State Fair.

This strain of avian influenza entered the U.S. last December. So far it’s infected flocks in all the states surrounding Illinois.

State Department of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson says it’s resulted in 48 million birds either dying or being killed. Because of that, he says bird exhibitions at the state fair will be limited to Illinois birds.

Residential Fight Against Emerald Ash Borer

May 10, 2013
Mike Moen

The Emerald Ash Borer continues to spread in northern Illinois. Experts say it’s inevitable the tree-killing insect will reach new territory. They urge communities in its path to take steps to reduce the impact. But it’s not just a problem for local officials. Residents have also joined the fight.