emerald ash borer

8:23 am
Thu May 22, 2014

As Ash Trees Die Off, Kansas City Man Primes New Urban Lumber Industry

Small holes signify emerald ash borer damage in a dying tree.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

Ash trees across much of the country are dying as a result of a green beetle called the emerald ash borer. The bug has spread from the upper Midwest imperiling millions of trees.

But there is opportunity amid the destruction. Urban lumber mills that saw up salvaged city trees are on the rise, fertilized by mounting demand for local products and a tsunami of supply delivered by the emerald ash borer.

It came from Asia, by way of Michigan

The emerald ash borer has been at work in Michigan for years.

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2:45 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Costs To Fight Tree-Killing Beetle Pegged In Millions Of Dollars

Kansas City's forester Kevin Lapointe discusses effects and costs of Emerald Ash Borer disease.

It is likely to cost $6.5 million over the next five years if Kansas City decides to fight the spreading disease that kills certain shade trees.

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8:07 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Firewood Could Spread Invasive Beetle

The emerald ash borer.
USDA flickr

Conservation agents are urging Missourians to not transport firewood.  It’s part of an effort to control the emerald ash borer from spreading throughout the state.

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