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Ash-boring beetle spreads into region

by AP posted Jul 12 2012 11:38AM
    
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - State forestry officials say an invasive wood-boring beetle has spread to more than a dozen counties in Virginia, threatening millions of ash trees.
 
    
The emerald ash borer is a native of Asia first detected in the U.S. 10 years ago. It has now spread to the following counties: Pittsylvania, Halifax, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Lee, Buchanan, Hanover, Warren, Caroline, Prince Edward, Giles, Loudoun and Stafford.
 
    
The pest had previously been confirmed in three northern Virginia counties:  Arlington, Prince William and Frederick.
 
    
Chris Asaro is a forest health specialist with the Virginia Department of Forestry. He says the beetle is capable of killing all 187 million native ash trees in Virginia.
 
    
Ash is valued statewide at $170 million.
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