- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley says Iowa needs help protecting trees from the spread of emerald ash borer.

Braley on Wednesday sent a letter to US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking him to provide resources to Iowa and other states dealing with this beetle.

Emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that kills ash trees. Iowa has put part of the state under quarantine in an attempt to slow the spread of the infestation.

There are over three million ash trees in the state of Iowa.

In his letter, Braley says that cities and counties can’t easily afford to fight this infestation alone. He says the federal government should act quickly, before there is more damage.

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