Nebraska taking steps to keep out insect pest

By: AP
By: AP

Lincoln, NE (AP) - The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wants campers to restrict the movement of firewood in an effort to keep an insect pest from reaching the state.

The commission is targeting the emerald ash borer. The beetles are native to Asia and were first detected in Michigan in 2002. Since then the insects have been found in several other states and have killed millions of ash trees.

The insects can move from state to state in firewood. They've been found near Creston, Iowa, less than 100 miles from the Missouri River and Nebraska to the west.

The commission is recommending that Nebraska residents acquire firewood at or near their destinations, rather than bringing it from other locations. The commission has started a firewood exchange program at several state park areas.

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