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Seven southwestern counties quarantined because of emerald ash borer

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MADISON (WKOW) Seven new counties in southwestern Wisconsin will be added to the state’s emerald ash borer quarantine list.

According to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Columbia, Grant and Monroe counties will be quarantined as the pests were found there. In addition, Richland, Iowa, Lafayette and Green counties will also be quarantined as they are surrounded by counties where the destructive pest has been confirmed.

Within the confirmed counties, the ash-destroying insect was confirmed at the southern edge of Wildenburg Sand Prairie Park along County Road V in the Town of Lodi in Columbia County; along the road to an overlook and picnic area at Nelson Dewey State Park and Stonefield Historic Village in the Town of Cassville in Grant County; and in the Village of Oakdale in Monroe County at the interchange of Interstate 90/94 and County Road PP.

Quarantines prohibit ash wood and hardwood from being moved out of county to areas that are not quarantined. DATCP suggests that property owners who have ash trees in the quarantined counties keep a close eye on possible signs of emerald ash borer infestation; consider preventative treatments if property is within 15 miles of a known infestation; consider planting a different species of trees that aren’t susceptible to the pest; call a professional for more information.

The emerald ash borer was first found in Wisconsin in 2008 in Washington County. Other quarantined counties include Brown, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago.

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