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Breaking News: Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/04/2008

Emerald ash borer, the destructive green metallic beetle that has killed tens of millions of trees during the past six years in the eastern part of the United States, has been discovered on a private woodlot near the village of Newburg in Ozaukee County. State Agriculture Secretary said Rod Nilsestuen says Wisconsin is home to 725 million ash trees, including five million in the state's urban areas.

During a joint press conference between the state's agriculture and natural resources departments on Monday, the agencies noted that finding the invasive pest wasn't a surprise, since the state pest experts have been looking for it since 2004. Since it was first found in suburban Detroit in 2002, emerald ash borer has killed more than 40 million ash trees in southeastern Michigan and tens of millions more lost in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. Quarantines are in place in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to prevent the spread of infested trees, logs or firewood.

A recent national scientific panel had recommended that all ash trees within a half-mile from an outbreak had to be cut.

In Wisconsin, the DNR says that firewood can be brought on to state properties, only if it came from within 50 miles from the property or from a vendor certified by the agriculture department.

Wisconsin Ag Connection will have a full report on Monday's announcement on Tuesday edition of our Website


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