Editorial: Keep tree pest at bay; don’t move firewood

Earlier this month, Hoosiers marked Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in Indiana, as declared by Gov. Mike Pence. In his proclamation, he urged Hoosiers to avoid moving firewood. This is the best defense against the spread of this devastating pest.

Since its initial detection in Indiana about a decade ago, the insect has moved steadily southwest from the northeast corner of the state.

Jackson County had been free of the pest — until this past year. In July 2013, Jackson County became one of many Hoosier counties with documented ash borer infestations. More sightings have been reported this February and March. The pest has also been found in neighboring Brown, Lawrence, Monroe and Washington counties.

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