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      Informational meetings will educate the public on Emerald Ash Borer

      EAB invested ash tree taken in September 2013 in Burlington, Iowa.

      A little bug is causing some big concern, and the Fairfield Arbor Committee is holding informational meetings to educate the public on the Emerald Ash Borer.

      The invasive beetle is threatening to wipe out the population of ash trees in Iowa and other parts of the country. EAB was discovered in Fairfield last summer. On Thursday, residents may attend one of two meetings at the Fairfield Public Library from 12-1 p.m. or from 3:30-4:30 p.m. to learn more about how the insect impacts the community.

      â??Well anyone who has ash trees on their property might be interested in learning about the treatments,â?? Michael Halley, city councilman said. â??There are different types of treatments. There are organic chemical treatments, but they still all come with a price tag, and from what we were told, they are only so many stop-gap from an insect from getting in and killing it."

      The city has obtained funds to start replanting other tree species this spring.