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Habitat Issues

Emerald Ash Borer

Weed Ordinances 

The Indiana-Alaska Connection

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that is destroying ash trees throughout Indiana. EAB was first found in Indiana in 2004 and has since then spread all over the state. EAB is most active in the summer and early fall. Larvae tunnel under the bark and disrupt the tree’s systems that transport food and water, eventually starving and killing it. If you see the beetle or notice trees with signs of damage, contact the DNR here.

There are insecticides that can treat your ash tree that can be effective. If the tree has lost more than 50% of its canopy, insecticides will more than likely be unable to treat the tree.

Even if your ash tree may not show signs of EAB, it could still potentially be in danger. Click here to find out if you live in or near an area with EAB infestation.

How can you help stop the beetle?

  • Don’t move firewood.
  • Buy kiln-dried firewood.
  • Look for signs of the beetle or damage and report it.

Click here for more information on stopping the beetle!


Weed Ordinances

Before you get started with your rain garden and/or native plant area projects, it's a good idea to look into the different weed ordinances for your city or county. Certain weed ordinances state that vegetation over 12 inches is considered a violation.

Here is an example of a weed ordinance for the city of Indianapolis.

Indianapolis has a rain garden and native planting area registration program. Click here for the registration form.

If you aren’t sure what kind of permit you will need when planting your rain garden and native plant area in Indianapolis, this chart should be able to help you out!


The Indiana-Alaska Connection

Teshekpuk Lake, Western Arctic Reserve, Alaska

Download our Wildlife: the Indiana-Alaska Connection fact sheet to get important details about the Reserve.

Read IWF executive director Barbara Simpson's piece Connecting Indiana with Alaska through Wildlife.

Though thousands of miles away, Indiana and one of the remotest parts of Alaska, the Western Arctic Reserve, depend on each other to support countless wildlife populations.
Migratory waterfowl, shore birds, and raptors (birds of prey) use Indiana’s wetlands and riparian corridors to rest as they travel between their Arctic nesting grounds in Alaska and their winter homes as far south as Central and South America. 

Most of northwestern Alaska consists of the 23 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA), the largest single tract of public land in the country.
Managed by the Bureau of Land Management for both the protection of high fish and wildlife values and development of oil and gas, the Indiana-sized NPRA provides critical habitat for an incredible array of migratory waterfowl that use the four major U.S. flyways to reach all 50 states in addition to many other countries. 

Canada geese, tundra swans, white-fronted geese, pintail ducks and brant are among the hundreds of species of migratory birds that nest, feed, and molt in the NPRA each year. 

The Reserve is also home to spectacular terrestrial and marine mammals, including grizzly and polar bears, caribou, wolves, and wolverine as well as beluga and bowhead whales, walrus, and several species of seals. The 490,000 animal Western Arctic Caribou Herd is the state's largest, and the Teshekpuk Lake Caribou Herd, numbering about 67,000 animals, is a primary source of subsistence for thousands of Alaska Native residents.

IWF is working with the National Wildlife Federation to protect the key habitats that support the remarkable fish and wildlife that flourish in the Reserve. This requires a balanced approach that identifies the most important habitat while providing for oil and gas development where it can be done responsibly.

Read the Bureau of Land Management's Draft Integrated Activity Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.