One change to the landscape comes from terrestrial invasive species. Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planiplennis; EAB), an invasive forest pest native to Asia, was discovered in Minnesota in 2009 and is a potential threat to the state’s 998 million ash trees. As of 2014, EAB has been confirmed in 4 counties: Hennepin, Ramsey, Houston, & Winona. Although weakened & unhealthy trees may be more vulnerable to EAB, the pest successfully infests & kills healthy trees as well, leading to safety hazards & aesthetic impacts from canopy loss & tree mortality.
Schneider, Ingrid; Schlueter, Alex; Matter, Katie; Arnberger, Arne; Venette, Robert; Snyder, Stephanie; Cottrell, Staurt.
Emerald Ash Borer as a Constraint to Recreation? Interviews with Visitors to Two Minnesota State Parks.
University of Minnesota Tourism Center.
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