Trempealeau County State's Latest Addition to EAB Quarantine
September 7, 2012
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MADISON - With the recent discovery of a non-native, ash-killing beetle at Perrot State Park, Trempealeau County today becomes the state’s 15 county to be quarantined because of the emerald ash borer. The emergency rule establishing the quarantine officially goes into effect today.
The emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine helps to limit the human assisted spread of the insect by restricting the movement of certain items that may harbor one of the life stages of EAB. Some examples of items that are commonly moved by people but are now forbidden from leaving the quarantine area include ash nursery stock, ash logs, ash tree trimmings, ash mulch, or any species of hardwood firewood. Allowances are made for businesses that deal with these products provided that they’ve been inspected and have agreed to comply with specific safe handling procedures.
Since 2008, emerald ash borer has been confirmed in 13 Wisconsin counties. Two additional counties – Sheboygan and Fond du Lac – are under quarantine because of their proximity to known infestations, but no emerald ash borer has been detected in either of those counties.
The list of infested counties in Wisconsin includes: Brown, Crawford, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha.
More information about EAB in Wisconsin can be found at the Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer Program website at www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov.
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The Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer Program includes partners from the following agencies:
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
University of Wisconsin – Madison
US Forest Service
USDA APHIS PPQ