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Ash trees face extinction in Arkansas due to invasive beetle

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) -

Forestry experts are hoping a type of wasp will help control an invasive beetle that's killing ash trees in Arkansas.
    
The emerald ash borer feeds on the trees, eventually killing them. It's blamed for killing tens of millions of ash trees since being discovered in the U.S. in 2002. It was first found in Arkansas in 2014 and is confirmed in a dozen counties in south-central and southern Arkansas and in Randolph County in the northeast.
    
A quarantine bans taking ash tree products out of those areas, but is difficult to enforce.
    
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2fTj3ZJ ) the Arkansas Forestry Commission has released about 4,000 "bio-control wasps" that have helped fight the beetle in its native Asia. The Forestry Commission's Chandler Barton says it will be next year before it's known how successful the project is.
       
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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