INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A beetle that kills ash trees now has been found in 59 Indiana counties.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Monday the emerald ash borer has been detected in Vigo County, on the Indiana State University campus in Terre Haute, and in Martin County.
The first detected in Indiana in 2004 has spread largely through the movement of firewood in campgrounds.
A quarantine now covering 79 counties regulates the movement of ash and lumber and firewood of any hardwood species with the bark attached.
Recent heavy winds blew down several ash trees in an Indianapolis park that had been killed by the borer. It says the city will cut down 500 more ash trees in another part of the city.