Emerald ash borer found in Sauk Centre, quarantine authorized

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Emerald Ash Borer

April 02, 2019 01:03 PM

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) have authorized an "emergency quarantine" after emerald ash borer (EAB) was found in Sauk Centre.

Tuesday, MDA officials reported Sauk Centre city employees noticed EAB damage on several trees. The MDA was notified and officials collected samples for confirmation.


Since this marks the first time EAB has been found in Stearns County, officials implemented the quarantine to "limit the movement of firewood and ash material out of the county."

According to the MDA, 18 counties in Minnesota are currently under either a full or partial quarantine to prevent the spread of EAB.

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"This highlights the importance of quarantines and the need to limit the movement of firewood and other ash products around the state to protect our ash trees,” Mark Abrahamson, director of the MDA's Plant Protection Division, said in a statement.

To prevent the spread of EAB, the MDA advises purchasing local firewood and burning it near where it is purchased; being aware of quarantine restrictions, including the restriction on movement of trees, wood chips and firewood; and watching trees for infestation.

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