Image for Emerald Ash Borer Devastation in Michigan, Ohio and IllinoisThe emerald ash borer (EAB) has decimated tens of millions of ash trees in cities throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Photos from these states are potent reminders of the destructive power of EAB infestation.


Since emerald ash borer was first discovered in Michigan in 2002, more than 30 million ash trees have died in southeastern Michigan alone. In the Upper Huron River Watershed, the rate of ash tree death has grown from about 10% per year in 2002 to 100% in 2010.


Since 2003, emerald ash borer has infested so many counties across Ohio (including the Wayne National Forest) that millions of ash trees have fallen due to the pest, and it is anticipated that millions more will die in the future.


Emerald ash borer’s presence was confirmed in the state of Illinois in June, 2006. Since then, Illinois has also lost millions of ash trees due to the pest. Many communities have been forced to undertake large-scale ash tree removals of dead and dying tree already infested by the borer.

Learn more about emerald ash borer damage and what’s being done in these states…

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