Knox Professor: Tree Pest Will Hit City

Knox Professor: Tree Pest Will Hit City 12/11/2012

From: The Register Mail (Galesburg, IL)

Galesburg officials are preparing to battle a highly destructive enemy — the emerald ash borer. After the insect was discovered on Knox College grounds, the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced Monday that, along with 40 other counties in the state, Knox County is now under emerald ash borer quarantine…

Grounds staff at Knox College discovered the pest festering inside at least one of the 40-plus ash trees on campus, but officials suspect the emerald ash borers could have been in Knox County for four to six years… “The expectation is a lot of trees will die,” [Knox professor Stuart] Allison said. “You can really expect that in areas that are affected, (the insects) will continue to spread and increase, and you’ll probably lose most of the ashes.”… Read more…