Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in the City of La Crosse
November 2, 2012
Contact: Donna Gilson, 608-224-5130 or Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020
Details of Latest Confirmations: An ash tree located near the Valley View Mall on the north side of La Crosse was found to be infested with EAB on Friday, November 2, 2012. A DNR forester retrieved two larval specimens from the tree that had only previously shown physical symptoms of EAB infestation.
The emerald ash borer had previously been found in La Crosse County on a trap in the Town of Medary in August of 2011 and a quarantine on the entire county went into effect shortly after that.
Today’s confirmation of EAB in La Crosse is the first time an infested tree has been officially confirmed in La Crosse County.
Where Else Has EAB Been Found in Wisconsin: The tree-killing emerald ash borer has been confirmed in 13 Wisconsin counties: Brown, Crawford, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Vernon, Trempealeau, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha.
Quarantined Counties: In addition to the counties above, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties are also under quarantine for EAB.
The EAB quarantine affects some businesses that use certain ash products. For most people the quarantine means that hardwood firewood, regardless of tree species, cannot leave the quarantine area.
Resources: Information about EAB can be found on the web at www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov.
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