Little Bug, Big Problem
May 27, 2010 10:18 AM
The Emerald Ash Borer has us surrounded. The little green bug that kills ash trees has now been found south of us in Illinois, to the east in Ozaukee County, to the north in Green Bay and to the west in Vernon County. It's only a matter of time before we find it in Madison and when we do, because it's so hard to find, it will probably have been here for awhile.
Thanks to a first-ever tree inventory conducted by our Parks Division, we know the location, age and species of all of our street trees. So, we know that 30% of all of the city-owned trees in our street terraces and our parks are ash.
There are things we can do to help slow the spread of the ash borer. The most basic thing is to not move firewood, as the wood can serve as a home for the bug.
The City of Madison is planning to deal with this problem comprehensively, and you can find out more at http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/aboutForestEAB.html.
City Forestry has also compiled EAB response packets loaded with information targeted at neighborhood groups but also available to anyone just by calling 266-4816, or you can also find most of those materials at http://emeraldashborer.wi.gov/publications.jsp.
Beyond that, the more we all know the better prepared we'll be to slow its spread and deal with it once it's here. To learn more visit www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov.