Up until a few hours ago, this was an entirely accurate map (click for large view) about the emerald ash borer, the foreign invader (from Michigan) that is wiping out ash trees.
But the map isn’t accurate anymore; officials have announced the emerald ash borer has reached western Massachusetts. It also has been confirmed this week in Kansas. All of this, of course, is despite attempts to quarantine the bugger.
The efforts have been noble, but the fact is the emerald ash borer is expanding its territory.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories.