The Iowa Invasion

Dying Ash Trees

Dying Ash Trees

2016 is an election year which means the political invasion in Iowa is in full force. Meanwhile, a quieter invader is lurking in the trees. The Emerald Ash borer has just been found in Des Moines. Unlike the political invaders, who are temporary, the EAB does not go away. Des Moines, like many cities has begun a program of ash tree triage. The few trees that are worth saving are treated with systemic insecticide. The others are cut down and replaced or left until they are killed by the EAB. The EAB has forever altered the street trees of many cities soon after the wave of invaders arrives. By the next time the politicians invade in 2020, the Des Moines tree scape will have been completely altered.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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