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New pests threatening Ohio's hemlock trees
Asian insect found in two counties
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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A small aphid-like insect that’s from Asia is threatening to kill off Ohio’s hemlock trees. The pest is called the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. After infesting parts of 16 other states, the insect has now been confirmed in Meigs and Washington Counties in Southwest Ohio.
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Drew Todd is a forestry expert with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He’s worried the pest may spread throughout Ohio and wipe out all the hemlocks.

"From an aesthetic standpoint, you would be losing a species that has withstood generations, millenia, here in Ohio."

To try to slow the spread of the pest, the state agriculture department has declared a quarantine on Washington and Meigs Counties. That means it’s illegal to take hemlock wood out of those counties to areas that are not yet infested.

 

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