An insect originally from Asia has found its way to Iowa and is a threat to Iowa’s forests, according to Iowa State University.
To defend Iowa’s nature, city officials have created a state and federal effort called the Iowa Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Plan.
The main points of the plan is to ensure a team is established to act in case of infestation, to reduce the risk of infestation, and have a plan ready for the chance an infestation cannot be contained.
In May of 2010, the emerald ash borer was found in a tree on an island in the Mississippi River in Allamakee County. It has also been found in southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin.