Emerald ash borer confirmed at Bong State Rec. Area

An emerald ash borer. /USDA photo, public domain

Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in the Bong State Recreation Area in Brighton, the state Department of Natural Resources has announced.

Emerald ash borer has also been confirmed for the first time on state owned lands. EAB adults were captured on two separate survey traps in the Richard Bong State Recreation Area in Kenosha County and confirmed as EAB last Friday. Infested trees were also discovered on the property. Survey efforts in that state park and many others are happening this year under the direction of DNR forest health specialists. Visitors to RBSRA will no longer be allowed to remove firewood from the property. Where Else Has EAB Been Found in Wisconsin: The tree-killing emerald ash borer has now been discovered in 12 Wisconsin counties: Brown, Crawford, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha. Quarantined Counties: Rock County will soon become quarantined for EAB. Kenosha County has been quarantined since 2009. EAB quarantines also currently exist in Brown, Crawford, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Vernon, Washington, and Waukesha counties. The quarantine on Walworth County is pending. The EAB quarantine affects some businesses that use certain ash products. For the vast majority of people the quarantine means that hardwood firewood, regardless of tree species, cannot leave the quarantine area.”

The destructive beetle is of most concern in areas — like Paddock Lake — where¬†there¬†are a concentration of ash trees.

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