The April ice storm wreaked havoc on many trees in our area.
But now, an insect from Asia is making its way across the Midwest and it could cause even more damage.
There's an invasion in the Midwest which is killing trees. And those who've seen the devastation are giving us fair warning.
This colorful little green bug is more powerful than it looks.
It's called the Emerald Ash Borer.
And just like it's name sounds, this emerald insect bores itself through ash trees.
Urban forester Alan Siewert saw the destruction the bug did to trees in Ohio.
And it's already destroyed thousands of trees throughout other states in the Midwest, except South Dakota.
So he's here in Sioux Falls to warn us about the potential devastation.
"It's an emotional devastation, not only for those of us who manage the resource, but it's even more for the homeowners who are used to the shade and enjoy their trees. And they go through a morning period. They have to deal with it. It begins with anger or denial actually. It begins with denial, and that 'it's not going to get to us, it's not going to be a problem for us' and yes it is," Siewert said.
"Here in the Great Plains, ash is a much more dominant tree. You're in jeopardy of losing a third to half of your urban forests. And it's going to be a bigger problem for you than us out in Ohio," Siewert added.
The Emerald Ash Borer hasn't hit South Dakota trees yet, but it could just be a matter of time.
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