Asian longhorned beetle infestation leads to the removal of 49,000 trees in Clermont County

Parts of Clermont county under quarantine

CINCINNATI – The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), continues to terrorize trees and hardwood in Clermont county, leading to the removal of over 49,000 trees to prevent further infestation.

The Asian longhorned beetle, is an insect from Asia that feeds on and kills trees. The ALB poses a risk to the tree nursery industry, Ohio hardwood forests, and several trees.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has been actively combating the ALB since 2011. In order to eradicate the ALB, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has taken down more than 11,441 ALB infested trees, and removed 38,138 ALB high risk host trees.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has instated quarantine zones in Clermont county that restricts the movement of hardwood logs, firewood, stumps, roots and branches out of the affected areas, as the ALB may have infested the wood.

The quarantine zone also restricts the sale of nursery stock, green lumber, and logs of the following trees: maples, horse chestnut, buckeye, mimosa, birch, hackberry, ash, golden raintree, katsura, sycamore, poplar, willow, mountain ash, and elms.

A public meeting on the issue will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Grant Career Center on Plane Street in Bethel.

Landowners affected by the beetle from parts of Tate, Monroe and Stonelick townships are invited to attend.

The meeting will focus on a special initiative to provide financial and technical assistance to improve wood lots and forests affected by the beetle.

A PDF displaying the Clermont County quarantine zones from the Ohio Department of Agriculture can be found here .

If residents have questions about regulated materials and permits, or reporting wood movement or suspected ALB infested trees, they can call the program office at 513-381-7180. Residents can also report suspected ALB infestations at www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com .

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