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EAB Found in Sawyer County
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/01/2016

The Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered in Sawyer County, the second most northern location in Wisconsin to date. As a result of the latest discovery, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture will put the county under quarantine.

"This new infestation is concerning, because it's getting to our North Woods, less than 20 miles from the Chequamegon National Forest and the adjoining Flambeau River State Forest. But it's not surprising, given the ease with which this pest can hitchhike with the help of humans," said DATCP Bureau of Plant Industry Brian Kuhn. "Fortunately, the infestation appears to be in a very early stage, with no damage apparent yet, and even though it's in a heavily wooded area, very few of the trees are ash."

The agency says a single adult beetle was found in a monitoring trap set by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as part of its national survey for EAB. The trap was set along North Eastlund Road in the Town of Radisson.

The quarantine will apply to all of Sawyer County. It prohibits ash wood products and hardwood firewood from being moved out of the county to areas that are not infested.

Property owners who have ash trees in quarantine counties are being asked to keep a close watch on their trees for signs of possible EAB infestation.

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