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Ohioans whose land affected by tree-killing beetle can get help to restore forest land

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OWENSVILLE, Ohio — Southwestern Ohioans whose property has been affected by a tree-killing beetle can learn forest management practices through a federal program.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting program applications from Clermont County landowners to help restore forest land impacted by the Asian longhorned beetle.

The bullet-shaped, white-spotted black beetle was first identified in Ohio in 2011 and has led to removal of thousands of infested or high-risk trees in southwest Ohio. The beetle kills maples and many other hardwood tree species

The federal program offers conservation practices aimed at improving forest health, including tree planting. Landowners can apply for assistance with tree-planting and other forest management practices including invasive plant removal. The program does not help with removal of single trees.

The deadline for program applications is April 17.

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