The Indiana Department of Natural resouces says an invasive insect that kills ash trees has been detected for the first time in Martin and Vigo Counties.
In Martin County, the Emerald Ash Borer was found near the Lawrence County line on U.S. 50.
In Vigo County, the insect was found on the Indiana State University campus.
The Emerald Ash Borer was first detected in Indiana in 2004, has now been found in 59 Indiana counties.
The primary mode of transport for the pest is through movement of firewood in campgrounds.
Martin County is in the process of being included in the Indiana Emerald Ash Borer quarantine area.
Inclusion of Martin County would bring the number of counties under quarantine in Indiana to 80.
Vigo County was already included in the quarantine because of its proximity to counties in Illinois and Indiana that are infested.
The quarantine regulates the movement of certain materials such as whole ash trees, ash limbs, untreated ash lumber with the bark attached, and cut firewood of any hardwood species with the bark attached.