Though it provides $25 billion worth of timber and decorates backyards across North America, the native ash tree is being slowly killed by an unstoppable bug that already is in 13 states and could cause the species' ultimate demise.
With an estimated 900 million ash trees in Minnesota — second only to Maine — many more homeowners face the bleak certainty of losing treasured trees to the emerald ash borer, which has already killed millions of trees in 11 other states.
Millions of Minnesota ash trees are at risk after the long-anticipated discovery of the destructive emerald ash borer in the state. The infestation of the tree pest was discovered in a line of trees outside a row of St. Paul town homes, state agriculture officials said Thursday.
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