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Emarald ash bores were recently found in Howard County, Md.
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Emarald ash bores were recently found in Howard County, Md.

Baltimore has approximately 300,000 ash trees, close to 10 percent of the Baltimore's tree canopy. And replacing them is expensive, costing between $1,000 and $2,000 a piece, so the arrival of the emerald ash borer in Howard County is not welcome news.

The pest is commonly spread when firewood is moved, so state agriculture officials are expanding a quarantine zone and banning movement of firewood out of Howard, Charles or Prince George's counties.

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