The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species from Asia that was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002 and arrived in Kentucky in 2009. The insect feeds on and kills ash trees. The insect was found in Carroll County and at General Butler State Resort Park during 2013.
General Butler State Resort Park has a large number of ash trees throughout the park.
The Department of Parks is working with the state Division of Forestry on developing a plan to deal with this issue. These agencies are considering several steps, including treating a limited number of trees with insecticide and removing ash trees before they become infested and replacing them with other types of trees.
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