County firewood quarantined
Washington County is one of 25 counties that has been placed under a quarantine of ash products, according to a press release from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, which was released today.
This quarantine is a preventative matter to try to prevent the spread of Emerald Ash Borers in Iowa, the press release said.
Marde McConnell of the Washington Tree Committee wasn’t surprised to hear about the quarantine.
“They have been discovered in Fairfield and Burlington,” she said. “It’s just a matter of time before they come to Washington County.”
Another thing McConnell said, is it isn’t a question of “if” your ash tree will get the Emerald Ash Borer but “when.”
The bug starts infecting ash trees at the top of the tree and then travels down through the trunk to the tree roots, she said. Eventually the tree will just start dying.
“So the chance of seeing the Emerald Ash Borer is slim to none,” McConnell said.
The Washington Tree Committee is very concerned about the Emerald Ash Borer and has a list of unhealthy ash trees already started, McConnell said.
“We will be informing the city about the unhealthy ash trees that should be removed,” she said. “Some other cities are starting to remove the unhealthy ash trees to try to prevent the spreading of the Emerald Ash Borer.”
There are several items listed from ash trees in the quarantine including any cut or fallen material from an ash tree, non-heat treated ash lumber with bark or sapwood attached, hardwood bark or wood chips larger than 1 inch in two dimensions, and entire ash trees, the press release said.
The list of the 25 counties in the quarantine are: Winneshiek, Allamakee, Fayette, Clayton, Buchanan, Dubuque, Linn, Jones, Jackson, Clinton, Johnson, Cedar, Scott, Keokuk, Muscatine, Louisa, Wapello, Jefferson, Henry, Des Moines, Davis, Van Buren, Lee, and Washington.
Anyone wishing to move the items listed above from county to county will need a permit from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.