MADISON (WKOW) -- This week is Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.
The City of Madison will join communities around the state in observance of Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week by posting signs and tying ribbons around ash trees along John Nolan Drive, Cottage Grove Road, Milwaukee Street, Williamson Street and in James Madison Park to show how heavily populated the city with ash trees.
Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic, destructive, beetle from eastern Russia, northern China, Japan and Korea. It is believed that it arrived in the US on a shipping barge carrying ash tree lumber. It was first discovered in the US near Detroit, Michigan in June 2002. To date EAB has not been detected in Madison, but it has been confirmed in Kenosha, Racine, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Brown, Vernon and Crawford Counties.
The "Burn It Where You Buy It" slogan is to remind people about the risks involved with moving firewood, a practice that has spread the beetle further and faster than the insect could move on its own.