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Emerald ash borer new locations in Wisconsin

EAB quarantine map. Counties shaded in tan are quarantined for EAB, and includes much of the southern half of Wisconsin, as well as other counties. Areas shaded in green are the townships and municipalities where EAB has actually been identified, and shows that not all counties that are quarantined are fully infested.

EAB quarantine and detections map. Counties shaded in tan are quarantined for EAB, green areas are townships and municipalities where EAB has actually been identified.

Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) continues to be found in new areas. Wisconsin continues to track EAB at the municipality or township level; quarantined counties are shown in tan and known infested areas are shown in green on the map.

If you know you have EAB, please contact us with that information so we can verify the infestation and update the maps. If your area:

  • is not shaded in green on the map please contact DNR or
  • is not shaded at all on the map please contact DATCP.

You can reach both agencies from the menu options when you call 1-800-462-2803.

New county quarantines

  • none

New finds in counties already quarantined

  • Adams/Columbia/Juneau/Sauk counties — city of Wisconsin Dells
  • Brown County — village of Allouez
  • Crawford County – town of Bridgeport
  • Columbia County – town of Lowville
  • Columbia/Dodge counties – village of Randolph
  • Dane County – village of DeForest
  • Green County – town of Monroe
  • Jackson County — towns of Melrose and North Bend
  • Jefferson County – towns of Aztalan, Farmington, Hebron, and Sumner
  • La Crosse County – town of Shelby
  • Monroe County – city of Sparta
  • Rock County – towns of Clinton, Harmony, Johnstown, and Lima
  • Sheboygan County – village of Kohler
  • Trempealeau County — towns of Ettrick, Gale and Preston

 Written by: Linda Williams, forest health specialist, Green Bay, (Linda.Williams@wisconsin.gov), 920-662-5172.

 

Emerald ash borer trapping in 2017

The Wisconsin DNR forest health team is planning to trap for emerald ash borer (EAB) at 20 locations in 2017.

Emerald ash borer traps will be placed at 12 locations in northwest Wisconsin in 2017: Big Bay State Park, Amnicon Falls State Park, Pattison State Park, Brule River State Forest, Governor Knowles State Forest, Interstate State Park, Willow River State Park, Eau Claire, Smith Lake County Park, Flambeau River State Forest, Big Falls County Park, and Pershing State Wildlife Area.

EAB trap locations in northwest Wisconsin in 2017.

Emerald ash borer traps will be placed at 8 locations in northwest Wisconsin in 2017: Northern Highlands American Legion State Forest, Governor Thompson State Park, Hartman Creek State Park, Poygan Marsh Wildlife Area, River Side Park, Princeton, Dodge Memorial Park, and Grand River Marsh Wildlife Area.

EAB trap locations in northeast Wisconsin in 2017.

Traps will mostly be placed on state properties. A couple traps will be placed on county land where state properties are not in the local area. Traps are deployed close to 400 growing degree days so they are ready when EAB adults start emerging at approximately 450 degree days. In 2016, southern Wisconsin hit 450 degrees days (modified base 50°F) in late May.

Written by: Mike Hillstrom, forest health specialist, Wisconsin Dells (Michael.Hillstrom@Wisconsin.gov), 715-459-1371.

Emerald ash borer trapping by a few northern county forestry departments

Douglas, Oneida, and Sawyer County Forestry Departments will be trapping emerald ash borer on select sites across their properties this year. As needed, the DNR Forest Health Program and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will provide guidance to county forest departments that are responsible for purchasing, installing and monitoring their EAB purple prism traps.

Any new EAB detections will be tracked at the state level and may be used by forest managers to prioritize stand management based on EAB proximity, and by communities to inform the timing of ash management in community forests.

The abundance of ash forest resources and limited known distribution of EAB in the state’s north spurred interest by these counties to continue trapping.

Written by Paul Cigan, forest health specialist, Hayward (Paul.Cigan@Wisconsin.gov), 715-416-4920.

Financial assistance is available for controlling invasive species.

Looking for a financial assist in your efforts to control invasive species?

The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council website lists 61 different grant opportunities that are available from Federal and State agencies as well as private foundations. The list is searchable by applicant (tribe, government agency, company, non-profit, individual) and type of invasive organism (plant, animal, aquatic, invertebrate, disease). All but one has a link that takes you to more information or a contact person.

Why not take a few moments to explore these opportunities?

Written by: Michael Putnam, invasive plants program specialist, Madison (Michael.Putnam@wisconsin.gov), 608-266-7596.

Box elder bugs and lady beetles become active as weather warms.

Multicolored Asian ladybeetles have a range of colors and spot numbers.

Multicolored Asian ladybeetles

If you had box elder bugs or multi-colored Asian lady beetles congregating on your house last fall, you’re probably starting to notice them appearing in your house again as the weather warms this spring. Last fall they were able to find a place on/in your house to overwinter and now they are attempting to leave your house to head back into the fields where the beetles, like all ladybugs, will feed on aphids and the box elder bugs will feed on the sap of certain trees.

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Make sure you are prepared for EAB

Recently, Iowa DNR conducted a survey of its community foresters to understand preparedness for ash mortality from EAB in their communities. EAB continues its spread, not just throughout Wisconsin, but other states, such as Iowa, as well. This survey displays some interesting data. Seemingly, despite the continued spread and the many cases studies on the effects of EAB in communities, no communities surveyed contain private land owners that are prepared for the increased ash mortality. View the survey to see other results and barriers to EAB preparedness. If you have any questions about EAB and how to prepare in your community contact your local Urban Forestry Coordinator.

 

For more information contact Ellen Clark (EllenA.Clark@Wisconsin.gov), Urban Forestry Communication Specialist, at 608-267-2774.