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Tallian announces election bid

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, announced her plans to seek a full term representing Senate District 4 in the Indiana State Senate.

Tallian was appointed to the seat in November following the resignation of Rose Antich-Carr. Senate District 4 includes portions of Porter and Lake counties.

Tallian serves as the ranking minority member on the Senate's Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Insurance & Financial Institutions, Commerce and Transportation and Pensions & Labor standing committees.


Ash trees get reprieve in infestation rules

Homeowners will no longer be required to immediately remove ash trees within a half-mile of an emerald ash borer infestation under new procedures announced by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources this week.

Previously when an infestation was found, the DNR required removal of ash tress in a half-mile radius. The tree removal, paid by federal funding, was used to slow the spread of the pest.

Under the new procedures, the state will continue to identify and monitor infested areas but will no longer require nor fund the removal of trees in an infested area.

With the recent discovery of the pest in central Indiana, far from areas of infestation in northeastern counties of the state, Robert Waltz, an entomologist for Indiana, said removal of trees has not been effective in controlling the metallic green beetle.

The state will continue to work with residents, the nursery industry and others to slow the spread of the pest, Waltz said.

"Not moving firewood is one of the most effective steps Hoosiers can take to help stop the spread of the emerald ash borer," he said. "On its own, the beetle can move only relatively short distances. With people, the beetles can be moved across town or even across the state in one fell swoop."

Emerald ash borer larvae destroy live ash trees by eating the vascular tissue which supplies nutrients to the tree.

Damage from emerald ash borers can be distinguished from that caused by native borer insects by the characteristic D-shaped exit holes in the main trunk and the presence of S-shaped feeding tunnels beneath the bark. Other symptoms include vertical splits in the bark and increased woodpecker activity.


Ecosystems poster available

Free copies of the poster "Ecosystems of the Indiana Coastal Region" are now available at several locations in the area.

The watercolor illustrates ecosystems of the Lake Michigan area including prairie, forest, marsh, bog/fen, savanna, swamp, dune/swale, river and dunes.

The poster, by artist and Purdue University Calumet professor Barb Labus, was commissioned by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program and was unveiled earlier this month.

The poster is available at both the nature center and the LMCP dunes annex at Indiana Dunes State Park and at the DNR's Michigan City office at 100 W. Water St.

Posters and shipping are free for educators from the DNR customer service center in Indianapolis. A shipping fee will apply to other requests. Contact the center at (317) 232-4200.

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