- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state forester is reminding residents to obtain firewood from trees harvested in South Dakota to prevent the transportation into the state of unwanted insects, such as the emerald ash borer.

Greg Josten is the state forester with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Josten says the most likely way the emerald ash borer will arrive to the state is through imported, infested firewood.

Josten says the beetle has not been found in South Dakota, but it has already spread to neighboring Iowa and Minnesota, as well as the Boulder, Colorado, area.

Officials say the emerald ash borer is responsible for the loss of more than 50 million ash trees in the U.S.

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