Paddock Lake gets grant from DNR for emerald ash borer activities

An emerald ash borer. /USDA photo, public domain

An emerald ash borer. /USDA photo, public domain

Paddock Lake has received a $3,459 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The grant was to support activities the village has undertaken regarding emerald ash borer infestation. Those activities funded by the grant were: An EAB newsletter for residents, labor to create the EAB plan and safety training.

Emerald ash borer is a beetle considered an invasive species in the United States. It infests ash trees in such a way that the only effective treatment once a tree is infested is to cut the tree down to try to stop the spread of the beetle.

Paddock Lake has large concentrations of ash trees, 175 on village property and road right of ways and 1,376 on private land as of April. The presence of EAB there was confirmed in 2013. This year, the village has instituted a program to help residents fund removal of infested trees with a 50/50 cost share (maximum village share of $1,000).

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