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Ford, Iroquois counties added to ash borer quarantine

April 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two counties in east-central Illinois have been added to the state’s emerald ash borer quarantine area.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says Ford and Iroquois counties are now quarantined. Twenty-three of Illinois’ 102 counties have been made part of the quarantine to try to limit the spread of the destructive bug. Ash borers kill ash trees.

The department says borers were found last month in Iroquois County. The bugs haven’t turned up yet in neighboring Ford County but have been found east and west of it.

The quarantine prohibits the movement of ash trees, bark or wood outside the restricted area.

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