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July 31, 2012NORTHWEST MISSOURI |  By: Coffey

Ash Borer threat in NW Missouri

Ash Trees in northwest Missouri may be threatened by an insect which has been responsible for the death of over 50 million U-S ash trees in the past ten years.

The Emerald Ash Borer's population has been expanding in southern Missouri and the first report of the insect in northwest Missouri was made last week in Platte County. Holt County Conservation Agent, Anthony Maupin says the insect often is transported to a new area through firewood.

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The Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in the United States in 2002 in Michigan and has since spread to more than 15 states.