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Ash trees to be treated for EAB at Mahoney SP

LINCOLN, Neb. – With the assistance of a trusted partner, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin treating ash trees at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park this month to minimize potential damage of the emerald ash borer (EAB).

EAB was detected at Lakeside Campground in June 2018, with no further sightings at Mahoney or other state parks since then. To slow potential spread of the pest, Commission staff will begin treating trees with an approved pesticide. The pesticide has proven to be effective at protecting and saving trees, and is injected directly into the tree, keeping it safely away from park visitors.

Joining the Commission in this effort is Arbor Systems, Inc., which donated enough product to treat up to 200 trees this year and again in two years, if needed.

“It is great to acknowledge the ownership that Arbor Systems, Inc. is showing in the preservation of park and natural resources that in fact belong to the citizens,” said Parks Division Administrator Jim Swenson. “These partnerships are critical to our park management efforts.”

For additional information, contact Jake Rodiek at 402-944-2523 ext. 7505 or jake.rodiek@nebraska.gov.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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