CARROLLTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Department of Parks and Kentucky Division of Forestry will hold a public meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, to discuss the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer at General Butler State Resort Park.


The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the park’s conference center.


The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species from Asia that was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002 and arrived in Kentucky in 2009. The insect feeds on and kills ash trees. The insect was found in Carroll County this year.


General Butler State Resort Park has a large number of ash trees.


The Department of Parks is considering several steps, including treating a limited number of trees with insecticide and removing ash trees before they become infested and replacing them with other types of trees.


Representatives of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Department of Parks, Division of Forestry and University of Kentucky will be at the meeting to provide information, answer questions and gather public comment.





The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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