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Trees Forever staff available to comment on new infestation of Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa - (Oct. 3, 2013) As the devastating Emerald Ash Borer makes its way across the state, staff members of Trees Forever are available to discuss the latest infestation in Eastern Iowa.

Emerald Ash Borer was positively identified in a residential tree in Mechanicsville, in Cedar County, marking the fourth location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. It initially was found on Henderson Island in the Mississippi River in Allamakee County in 2010 and since was identified in Des Moines County in July 2013 and in Jefferson County in August 2013.

Shannon Ramsay, founding president and CEO of Trees Forever, stated that the beetle is considered one of the most destructive tree pests in North America.

"Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions of trees in several states already and has become an emerging threat to ash trees in Iowa," Ramsay said. "Governments and property owners need to understand the steps they can take to address this serious issue. Please talk with your legislators about the need for funding to help communities with tree removal and replacement."

Led by an experienced staff, Trees Forever partners with communities to plan a course of action to combat this invasive beetle.

Trees Forever advises the following for landowners:

Identify ash trees on your property.

* Stay abreast of treatment information. (There is no cure, only prevention.)

If Emerald Ash Borer is within 15 miles, consider treatment of ash trees.

* Do not treat ash trees if Emerald Ash Borer has not been found within 15 miles. This is most likely a waste of time and money.

* Most importantly, to prevent a future EAB-type problem, plant a diverse mix of trees and plants.

Contact Trees Forever at (319) 373-0650 to set up media interviews.

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Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization based in Marion, IA committed to planting trees, encouraging community involvement and stewardship, and caring for the environment. Programs focus on improving air and water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, providing substantial energy savings and beautifying our landscape. For more information visit or call 800-369-1269.

Patty Petersen
(319) 350-4185




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