The Arkansas State Plant Board has added Drew County to the list of counties where the emerald ash borer has been confirmed.
The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that feeds on and kills ash trees.
Drew County was already included in a 33-county quarantine as a buffer county, meaning it was adjacent to a county where the beetle was confirmed, according to the news release.
The quarantine was established in September 2014 and expanded in October 2016 in an effort to slow the movement of the emerald ash borer.
Items that are quarantined, meaning they cannot be transported outside of the quarantine area, include firewood of all hardwood species and the following ash items: nursery stock; green lumber with bark attached; other material living, dead, cut or fallen including logs, pulpwood, stumps, roots, branches, mulch and composted or uncomposted chips of 1 inch or greater.
Surveying for further movement of the pest will be completed by September, at which time the Plant Board will decide whether to expand the quarantine.