Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in the northwestern corner of Wisconsin. City of Superior officials received confirmation this week that the destructive insect was discovered in the city.
Crews found signs of the insect during the removal of a dead ash tree, and while inspecting trees in the surrounding neighborhood found an insect that resembled an Emerald Ash Borer. The sample was then verified as an EAB by U.S. Department of Agriculture officials in Michigan. Because of the presence of the insect, all of Douglas County will be quarantined and wood products will be banned from being moved out of the county to areas that are not infested.
Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen says the city has about 3,000 ash trees and they will be monitored for signs of the Emerald Ash Borer. An estimated 727 million ash trees are in Wisconsin’s forest lands, comprising 6.8 percent of state forest.