Emerald Ash Borer

EAB is an exotic Asian beetle, first discovered in the United States in 2002, in  Michigan. The adult beetles are emerald green (pictured at right), while larvae  are white-to-cream colored. These beetles feed on and destroy ash trees.  Evidence of EAB damage has been discovered in Arkansas, as of early summer of  2014. Officials suspect the EAB has a one-year life cycle in the Arkansas  climate. It is suspected that human transportation of the beetle (through  movement of firewood and/or ash items through industry-related transport) is  quickest way for it to travel, state-to-state.

See a full description of the EAB at the resources below:

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

Since  September of 2014, the Arkansas State Plant Board has declared an EAB Quarantine  for counties with confirmed EAB sites, and buffer counties around those  counties.  Quarantined items continue to include firewood of all hardwood  species, and the following ash items: nursery stock; green lumber with bark  attached; other material living, dead, cut or fallen including logs, pulpwood,  stumps, roots, branches, mulch and composted/un-composted chips (1 inch or  greater). Firewood is the only quarantined item that relates to all hardwood;  all other quarantined items are relative to ash, only. Quarantined items can  move freely within the quarantined area. The restrictions only apply to the  movement of items listed within the quarantined counties to areas outside of  them. 

Fourteen Arkansas counties  have confirmed sites of EAB (Bradley, Calhoun, Clark, Cleveland, Columbia,  Dallas, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Lafayette, Nevada, Ouachita, Randolph, Saline,  and Union). The other 19 counties under quarantine are considered buffer/at risk  areas.

Contact the Arkansas State Plant Board for full quarantine details  at: 501-225-1598 or eab@aspb.ar.gov.  

EAB Updated Map, May 9 2017

Ash Tree and Emerald Ash Borer Identification

Arkansas is home to five different types of ash trees: Carolina, Green, Blue,  White, and Pumpkin Ash. Ash Tree Species.pdf. The EAB is a  threat to all types of ash. Usually, an ash trees dies within 2-3 years of  infestation by EAB.

Landowners may request assistance in identifying ash  trees from AFC Foresters, or the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

EAB traps are being circulated throughout the quarantined counties, and  throughout Arkansas by partner agencies at the state and federal level.   Arkansans can help stop this pest by reporting possible EAB sightings and/or  poor health in possible ash trees. The other most direct strategy for helping  stop the beetle is to use only local firewood sources.