HOPE, Ark. (AP) - An Asian beetle that's blamed for killing millions of ash trees in the United States has been found in southwestern Arkansas.
The Arkansas Plant Board and the state Agriculture Department says the emerald ash borer has been found in Hot Spring, Clark and Nevada counties.
The beetle was first seen in the U.S. when it was found in Michigan in 2002. It's believed to have arrived on wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in Asia.
The discovery may mean adding Arkansas to a federal quarantine that prohibits movement of firewood and nursery stock in an effort to slow the spread of the insect.
Extension forester Jon Barry with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says the beetle was likely brought to Arkansas in imported firewood.