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Emerald Ash Borer Outreach

The Problem

Our urban forests provide many benefits to our communities, from reduced heating and cooling costs to beautification, but they are vulnerable to the potential impacts of a new pest, Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis). EAB is a non-native beetle that has destroyed urban ash trees (Fraximus sp.) across the Midwest, costing municipalities millions of dollars in damage. 

The destructive pest is now found in many Wisconsin counties.  These counties are now under quarantine, with additional counties quarantined due to their proximity to infestations.  See a map of current EAB records by clicking here. 

Photo above:  An adult Emerald Ash Borer beetle (Bill McNee, WI DNR)

What We're Doing

EAB Workshop: 

Save Your Ash Trees!  An emerald ash borer workshop for urban and woodlot residents.        Saturday, June 3rd,  Mosquito Hill Nature Center, New London, WI

We covered info on how to spot it, what to do about it, and how to put the wood to good use, when you can't save your trees. See photos with links to great resources for online learning on our Facebook page!

Green Ribbon Campaign:

This year’s emerald ash borer awareness program takes a very visual approach; two central Wisconsin communities partnered with Golden Sands to raise awareness about emerald ash borer by tying green ribbons around ash trees.  With an estimated 20% of urban forests being ash species, this visual demonstration will illustrate the potential impacts of emerald ash borer to these communities.  

The 2017 Green Ribbon Campaigns in Stevens Point and Rothschild highlight what these municipalities are doing to prepare for EAB and what city residents can do to prepare as well.

Pictured above: Rothschild green ribbon campaign. 

Preparedness planning for small municipalities:

To prepare for EAB, the municipalities of Friendship, New Lisbon, Schofield, and Elderon are partnering with Golden Sands to receive an inventory of their ash trees and a complete EAB preparedness plan.  We are conducting urban ash tree inventories and writing EAB management plans for each of our partner municipalities. 

Without proper planning, cities can find themselves with hundreds of dead and dying street trees, posing safety risks and expensive removal and replanting costs. Proper planning can help.    

Preparedness planning includes:

1. Educate the community about EAB

2. Inventory and locate urban and rural ash trees

3. Identify and prioritize the removal of hazardous trees

4. Budget to treat priority trees

5. Plan for disposal of removed trees

6. Replant with a diverse mix of tree species

Funding for this project is from the DNR Urban Forestry Grants Program and Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. 

Photo (right):  Two adult EAB beetles emerging from bark of an ash tree. (www.forestryimages.org)


What you can do

1. Learn about EAB and how you can protect your trees using the helpful links below.

2. Share the info with friends!

3. Report symptoms of EAB.

4. Support our work!  Donate now to support EAB outreach and planning efforts.


Find lots of great resource for homeowners and community leaders at our EAB Resources page!