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      Invasive species on the way towards Tri-States

      Courtesy: USDA Forest Service

      An invasive species is making its way towards the Tri-States.

      The Emerald Ash Borer has taken over thousands of ash trees in the upper Midwest.

      An arborist gave a presentation on that very subject Monday night in the Quincy council chambers.

      Jeff Palmer discussed some steps residents and cities can take to prevent an infestation.

      The Chicago and Bloomington/Normal areas are losing many trees to this tiny insect, and it was found in Kansas City just this past year.

      "It was on a private property," Arborjet arborist Jeff Palmer said. "When they did some canvassing, they found a very substantial infestation."

      The number one way of spreading the invasive species is by transporting firewood.