By Linda Williams, DNR Forest Health Specialist, Woodruff, Linda.Williams@wisconsin.gov or 920-360-0665.
Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been detected for the first time in Iron County, in the Town of Oma. Many of the black ash at this site are already dead, with other trees still declining. EAB was first identified in Wisconsin in 2008 and has now been found in 60 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.
Did you know that it takes fewer EAB larvae to attack and kill a black ash compared to a green ash or white ash? This means that black ash will have fewer galleries under the bark and consequently less woodpecker flecking than you would typically see with green ash or white ash.
EAB was federally deregulated as of Jan. 14, 2021 and Wisconsin instituted a state-wide quarantine in 2018, so there are no regulatory changes due to this find. Emerald ash borer silviculture guidelines were created to help landowners make decisions about management in their woods. All forest sites are a bit different and it can be overwhelming to try to decide what management, if any, should be done in your stand and these guidelines are designed to help answer those questions.
If you already have EAB in your stand, or your trees are declining or are already dead, you will have different questions than those who don’t have EAB yet, so check out the guidelines for lots of great info to help you maintain trees on your property after EAB arrives. If you have questions about the guidelines or would like additional information please contact your local forester and they can help you decide what would work best to achieve your goals.
To see where EAB has been found in Wisconsin or to report new municipal/township level detections, please visit the interactive WI EAB detections map.