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Ft. Snelling golf course has emerald ash borer infestation

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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has confirmed an emerald ash borer infestation at the Fort Snelling golf course.

MDA says this is the first new ash borer infestation found in Minnesota in 2012. The infestation was reported by a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board employee.

Hennepin County is one of four counties in the state already under an EAB quarantine. But the ash borer discovery at Ft. Snelling raises new concerns, as the infested trees are within a half mile of the Dakota County border.

MDA will now survey the surrounding area to determine whether a quarantine may be necessary for Dakota County too.

"EAB is a major threat to our forests and urban landscapes, and it can exist in an area for three to five years before signs are noticeable," said MDA plant protection director Geir Friisoe. "We need all Minnesotans to help us control the spread of this pest. The best way to do that is by not transporting firewood and by following quarantine restrictions in the affected counties."

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