Emerald Ash Borer
Did you know that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) attacks only ash trees? It is believed to have been introduced into the Detroit, Mich. area 15 to 20 years ago on wood packing material from Asia. Since then, the destructive insect has been found in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. It has recently been detected in Knox Co, TN and in McCreary Co, KY which is in the Big South Fork NRRA. It is often transported in infected firewood and is one of the main reasons that Big South Fork NRRA has prohibited the movement of firewood, ash timber and other material that can spread EAB from outside the park. Currently there are surveys being conducted by the use of EAB traps to assess the extent of the infestation. The EAB traps are purple triangular shaped boxes that hang from trees throughout the area.
Did You Know?
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects only 14% of its watershed. Unfortunately it is the lower end of the watershed, so that everything which happens outside the park, impacts the parks water quality.