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Save Indiana's Ash Trees: Don't Move Firewood

State leaders are asking residents to do their part to stop a pesky beetle from destroying ash trees in Indiana.

The Emerald Ash Borer feeds on wood, killing branches and entire trees.

State Entomologist Phillip Marshall says the most important action people can take to stop the spread of the ash borer into new areas is to not transport firewood – between counties, or even from a home woodpile to a campsite.

He explains this is the time of year when the bug tries to emerge and find a new tree to attack.

Currently, 84 counties in Indiana are under quarantine.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species, native to China and eastern Asia, but it's been found in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Illinois and Virginia.

It was first detected in Indiana in 2004.