Informational meeting to be held on EAB (Emerald Ash Borer)
Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found for the first time in Winnebago County, and the county will join 19 others on the quarantine list in Wisconsin. The tree-killing pest was found in the Town of Black Wolf on Aug. 1 and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Aug. 6. Since that time EAB has also been found in the Town of Nekimi.
Emerald ash borer is a major threat to Wisconsin’s trees. Once present in an area, EAB kills all untreated ash trees within a few years. Even young, healthy ash trees are killed within 3-5 years of infestation.
To help residents make choices for EAB prevention and treatment, an informational meeting will be held on Aug. 29 at 6:00 pm at Wittman Regional Airport Terminal conference room (525 W 20th Ave., Oshkosh, WI). The meeting will review the history and life cycle of EAB, how to ID, and the latest research and decision making tools available. Representatives from Winnebago County UW-Extension, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, City of Oshkosh, and Town of Black Wolf will be present.
Residents can help minimize the spread of EAB by limiting the movement of firewood within the county as it is the primary mean for EAB to spread. It is best to keep firewood onsite. In addition, residents should be aware that it is illegal to move firewood out of the EAB quarantined counties.
For more information on EAB visit: http://winnebago.uwex.edu/eab/