CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – The Iowa DNR is reporting the invasive emerald ash borer has been spotted in Decorah, making Winneshiek County the 31st county in Iowa to be infected.
Mark Fisher is a local tree farmer who sells coniferous trees, which are not affected by the bug, but he is warning folks that everyone will feel the impact of insect.
“I think it is inevitable that the emerald ash borer will arrive, if it hasn’t already,” says Fisher. “So far in the United States there is no immunity. There are no ash trees that are surviving, so once the ash borer gets here it literally is going to take out all the existing ash trees.”
Fisher is taking matters into his own hands by cutting down ash trees on his own property and replacing them.
“I have taken out a couple trees in my backyard, they were not infested yet, but we need to make sure this bug isn’t spreading,” says Fisher.