Minnesota ready to kick some ash borer: "Plans to track down the Asian bug and impose quarantines are starting, but efforts might be futile.
By TOM MEERSMAN, Star Tribune
Last update: May 16, 2009 - 9:59 PM
The borer war is about to begin.
But set aside any hope that the invasive emerald ash borer can be eradicated from the Twin Cities.
The tiny bugs, discovered last week in part of St. Paul, have likely been in town for four or five years already, said Mark Abrahamson, plant protection specialist for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. That means they've probably spread among some of the about 300,000 ash trees in Minneapolis and St. Paul, making eradication impossible.
Still, there's "real value in trying to bottle this up in the Twin Cities," said Michael Schommer, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture."