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Destructive emerald ash borer detected in Oregon

 

July 27, 2022

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Wyatt Williams, an ODF Invasive Species Specialist, points to a tiny D-shaped exit hole made by an emerald ash borer as it emerged from an ash tree in Forest Grove. The destructive forest pest was first found in Oregon in Forest Grove earlier this summer.

The long-anticipated arrival in Oregon this summer of the destructive emerald ash borer sharpens concerns about the impacts to urban forests, wetlands and streams.

Wyatt Williams is the Oregon Department of Forestry's Invasive Species Specialist. He helped collaborate on the state's response plan to emerald ash borer (EAB), published in March 2021. And for the past couple years he has been managing a federal grant to try and save the gene pool of the state's only native ash species ahead of a pest that could wipe it out.

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