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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Oconto, Shawano Counties
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/17/2020

Forestry staff members of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer in the Town of Little Suamico in Oconto County and the City of Shawano in Shawano County.

Alex Feltmeyer, DNR forest health specialist, identified the first positive identification of EAB in both counties which were later confirmed by DATCP. Feltmeyer estimates EAB was present at both locations for at least 3-4 years.

Emerald ash borer kills all varieties of ash trees any other tree species. Once infested, ash trees generally die in 4-6 years.

Woodland owners in the effected areas who own 10 or more wooded acres are encouraged to meet with their local DNR forester.

EAB was discovered in the city of Green Bay in 2009 and more recently in several locations in Marinette County in 2017. Citizens can help slow the spread of EAB and other invasive insects and diseases that kill trees by not moving firewood.

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