Potential Losses in Louisiana Hardwood Sawtimber Economic Contributions After Emerald Ash Borer Invasion

By Shaun Tanger, LSU AgCenter

The invasive insect Agrilus planipennis, more commonly known as the emerald ash borer, is a relatively recent arrival to the North American landscape. That, however, has not slowed its impact on changing that landscape in a profoundly negative way, killing tens of millions of ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) since its detection in 2002 in Michigan.