Emerald Ash Borer

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Millions of ash trees are being killed all over eastern and central North America, including Middle Tennessee, by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect from Asia. The EAB impairs a tree's ability to move nutrients & water, killing it from the top down. Dead branches on ash trees are brittle and prone to falling, posing a danger to people walking beneath them.

You can help stop the spread of the EAB:

  • Don't transport firewood, even within Tennessee.
  • Watch for signs of infestation in your ash trees.

Kane Adams, Murfreesboro's city arborist, and Kristin Hopkins of the Natural Resource Division discuss emerald ash borer in Murfreesboro: