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Emerald ash borer awareness

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

As we head into the unofficial start to summer and the first big camping weekend of the year, officials want you to be aware of the emerald ash borer.

The emerald ash borer is a very small, green beetle that will destroy ash trees.  Right now, the only place in Iowa that has reported the beetle is Allamakee County, and the hope is that it doesn't spread further.

Officials with George Wyth State Park say they have purple triangle boxes up around the park to help catch the beetle. They also require each camper's firewood have a label on it, saying where it came from.

"We do have a lot of ash trees in the park and in Black Hawk County.  We would really hate to see one person change that over night and that's really what it takes.  Just one event could make a devastating effect," said Lori Eberhard, park ranger.

Neighboring states such as Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin have all reported cases of the emerald ash borer.

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