Emerald Ash BorerThe emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an Asian wood-boring beetle that kills ash trees three to five years after infestation. Adults are dark metallic green, and fly from May through September to ash trees to mate and lay eggs. Larvae emerge and tunnel beneath the bark, chewing on vascular tissue and interrupting the tree’s circulatory system. An infestation only becomes apparent once the canopy thins, branches die back, and death begins. By then, the insect has long since moved on. Emerald ash borer was first identified near Detroit, Michigan in July 2002. Unfortunately, the insect continues to disperse, already killing millions of ash trees from Illinois to Maryland and up into Ontario. It is in at least 26 Ohio counties, including those in and near Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Firewood QuarantineThe Ohio Department of Agriculture has imposed quarantines on counties known to be infested. It prohibits the transportation of ash tree materials and all non-coniferous firewood out of quarantined areas. Violations can result in hefty fines. If you are renting a park shelter, firewood will be provided for you—do not bring your own. However, you are responsible for providing your own kindling and burning all you bring.
For more information including the current list of quarantined counties, visit The Ohio Deparment of Agriculture.