Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, May 23-29

May 24, 2010

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, May 23-29
"Burn It Where You Buy It"
Press conference with Mayor Dave Cieslewicz
Tuesday, May 25, 11:00am. At James Madison Park near Gates of Heaven

Gov. Jim Doyle announced that Wisconsin will observe Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, May 23-29, 2010. Through a proclamation, Gov. Doyle urged state residents and visitors to become better educated about emerald ash borer and the destruction it causes.

The City of Madison will join communities around the state in observance of EAB 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.

In observance of EAB Awareness Week, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will have a press conference on Tuesday, May 25 at 11:00a.m. in James Madison Park near the Gates of Heaven. It is estimated that approximately 30% of all street and park trees in Madison are ash trees. EAB infestation would be on par with the devastation left after Dutch Elm Disease in the 1960s and 1970s.

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 will 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.
The City of Madison's Forestry Section in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has developed an EAB program of ongoing education, early detection, response and management plan. Currently, the Madison Forestry Section has formed a cross-departmental EAB task force.

EAB Response Packets with printed materials from the DATCP, WI DNR and US Dept. of Agriculture will be available for neighborhoods and citizens as a tool to help them prevent the spread of EAB, and to assist them with questions about their own backyard and landscaping. Those requesting this packet can call the Madison Forestry Section at 266-4816 or visit http://emeraldashborer.wi.gov/publications.jsp

To help slow the spread of EAB, all citizens are asked not to transport firewood and to become educated on the beetle. Information about EAB can be found at www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov. or by calling the EAB Hotline at 1-800-462-2803.

Contact:
  • Laura Whitmore, 608-266-5949