This Emerald Ash Borer is an insect that was introduced into North America sometime in the 1990s. It was first reported killing ash trees in the state of Michigan but since has spread to numerous other states including Illinois.
On Tuesday, September 2, 2009, the Illinois Department of Agriculture confirmed that the emerald ash borer has been found within the Town of Normal. There is no public health risk associated with the beetle; however it does threaten the community's ash tree population. The Illinois Department of Agriculture EAB quarantine boundary continues to include McLean County. Information regarding the Emerald Ash Borer and quarantine restrictions can be found at the Illinois Department of Agriculture's website. Additional EAB information can be found on the Emerald Ash Borer informational website.
The Town of Normal will continue brush collection as usual, including ash material. The brush will be ground to meet existing Department of Agriculture guidelines within a quarantined area. If a resident has questions about an ash tree on public right of way they may call the Parks and Recreation Department Forester or Arborist at (309) 454-9568. If the ash tree is on private property, the resident should look up the Compliant Vendors List within their county to have a certified Arborist assess and/or remove the ash tree.