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09/21/2017

THE MINNESOTA DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE ALONG WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION HELD AN OPEN HOUSE INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON THE POSSIBLE SPREAD OF EMERALD ASH BORER IN MARTIN COUNTY SINCE SEVERAL OF THE BEETLES WERE FOUND IN A TRAP NORTHEAST OF WELCOME ON AUGUST 22.

THAT DISCOVERY PROMPTED AN EMERGENCY QUARANTINE TO BE PUT IN PLACE - BASICALLY PUTTING A HALT TO ANY TRANSFER OF HARDWOOD FIREWOOD OUT OF THE COUNTY LIMITING TEH MOVEMENT OF ASH TREES AND LIMBS.

ONE OF THE EXPERTS ON HAND AT WEDNESDAY'S MEETING WAS GARY WYATT-FORMER WATONWAN COUNTY AGENT- AND STILL WORKING WITH U OF M EXTENSION. HE WAS KIND OF SURPRISED BY THE ATTENDANCE AS HE WAS TOLD BY THE MINNESOTA DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE TO EXPECT ABOUT 20 PEOPLE OR SO -AND GARY THOUGHT THERE WERE AT LEAST THREE TIMES THAT AT THE MARTIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

THE OPEN HOUSE HAD MANY HANDOUTS AND OTHER LITERATURE AS FAR AS RISK TO TREES, POSSIBLE TREATMENT OPTIONS,REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF TREES ON YOUR PROPERTY AND WHEN TO CONTACT A CERTIFIELD ARBORIST OR CITY FORESTER TO EVALUATE OPTIONS.

GARY WYATT SAYS THE MINNESOTA DEPT.OF AG HAS A WEBSITE TO GO TO FOR QUESTIONS AS WELL AS U OF M EXTENSION AT extension.mn.edu.

THOSE IN ATTENDANCE LAST NIGHT COULD OFFER COMMENTS ABOUT A ADOPTION OF A FORMAL E A B QUARANTINE OF MARTIN COUNTY. M D A WILL TAKE COMMENTS UNTIL OCTOBER 10TH THIS YEAR AND PROPOSES ADOPTION ON OCTOBER 16. THE PROPOSED QUARANTINE LANGUAGE CAN BE FOUND ON THE M D A WEBSITE -www.mda.state.mn.us/eab.


ROD HALVORSEN
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