It has a pretty green shell – but it’s eating our trees, and it’s the reason you’re told not to haul firewood. It’s the emerald ash borer, and it’s expanding its territory in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says it has been found in 14 new counties, five of which are outside the existing EAB quarantine: Logan, Menard, Perry, Sangamon, and Williamson. This includes the cities of Springfield and Marion.
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“The potential risk that’s associated (is with trees that are) dead or dying and still standing,” not to mention the ecological concerns, says the state's EAB program manager, Scott Schirmer. “Looking at the map, and looking at where things have popped up, it definitely continues to follow the trend of showing up where people are,” he adds, supporting the urban emergence of the traveling pest.