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Invasive beetle leads to quarantine in Hamilton County

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) -

The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that destroys ash trees, has been found in Hamilton County.

And that has worried state officials who have slapped a quarantine that affects the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber and other material that can help spread the destructive Asian pest.

The recent discovery, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is particular concerning, state officials say, because it is not adjacent to already quarantined areas in East Tennessee.

At least a dozen trees adjacent to Chattanooga rail lines and an Emerald Ash Borer trap located in a park near the rail hub tested positive for the insect, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

Read more from our news partner the Times Free Press.

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