State officials are proposing changing their strategy for slowing the spread of the invasive emerald ash borer. The destructive beetle arrived in New Hampshire in 2013 and has now entered seven counties, including Carroll and Grafton, where the majority of the state's ash trees grow. Ash makes up about 6 percent of the state’s hardwood forests, netting at least $1 million for the forest products industry every year. State forest health program coordinator Kyle Lombard says the way the ash borer has spread means the quarantine that has long kept untreated firewood from crossing county lines is no longer worthwhile. "We just can't afford the resources to protect a very small amount of ash while all the ash we're trying to protect is actually inside...
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Quarantine Spent, N.H. Eyes New Strategy for Emerald Ash Borer