HARRISONBURG — State officials are asking for the public’s help in efforts to stop the spread of an invasive beetle responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America.
Jon Perry, Page County technician for the Virginia Department of Forestry, said Tuesday that the emerald ash borer recently was detected in the northeastern section of Page.
The beetle was found in an area near where the borders of Page, Rappahannock and Madison counties intersect.
“We want to try to keep it within the area it’s been found,” he said, “and that’s something we expect individuals to do. We do it with educational outreach.”
Forestry officials consider a five-mile radius from the area where the emerald ash borer was found to be the danger zone for the beetle, Perry said.