(7-24-14) Enjoy your ash tree while you have it because the Emerald ash borer is coming.
There are about 50 million ash trees across Nebraska and Lincoln has thousands of them. Nebraska Forest Program Director, Mark Harrell, says the borer is in Iowa, Colorado and Kansas, traveling across the country in chopped firewood.
Harrell knows it's only a matter of time before campers accidentally bring it to Nebraska. Harrell and his colleagues are checking ash trees around the state, looking or emeral ash borer eggs. The Nebraska Forestry Department is setting traps to catch the bug, but once it's here it will kill most, if not all, ash trees.
You can pre-treat your ash trees with pesticides, at a cost of about $100 a year.