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Published April 02, 2012, 07:02 PM

Minnesota Department of Agriculture battling emerald ash borer

Minnesota (WDAY TV) - A battle is heating up in Minnesota over a bug threatening the ash tree population - the Emerald Ash Borer. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is setting up test sites.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

A battle is heating up in Minnesota over a bug threatening the ash tree population - the Emerald Ash Borer. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is setting up test sites.

6,500 hundred of these purple prism traps will be in ash trees across the state. It wants to see where the beetles are concentrated.

There are 12 test sites in Clay County alone. Entomologists say the ash population is too important to the state to let the beetles spread.

Mark Abrahamson – MN Department of Agriculture: "We have a lot of ash trees in Minnesota. On forest land we are either at the top of the list of states, or near the top of the list for the number of ash trees."

The traps will be set up from April to September.

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