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UPDATE: MN and WI Governors Declare this Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed this week Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in Minnesota.

The designation is part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the destructive nature of the tree pests, and to spread the word about the "three P's of EAB" -- Prepare, Protect, and Plant.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture urges residents and cities to prepare by knowing the signs and symptoms of infestations, and by being ready to act if their ash trees become infested. Options include removal or treatment.

The department also advises Minnesotans to protect uninfested areas by not transporting firewood because the beetles can hitchhike from one location to another via firewood. Precautionary insecticide treatments are also an option.

Finally, the department advises property owners to plant a variety of native trees.

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Online

MDA emerald ash borer site: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/pestmanagement/eab.aspx

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Thirteen Wisconsin counties have already been plagued by the emerald ash borer.

It's a foreign beetle that burrows in the bark of ash trees, slowly killing them.

Gov. Scott Walker declared the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend "Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week."

Memorial Day Weekend is the start of summer tourism. So the risk of people traveling with firewood – and transporting the ash borer – is extremely high, said Donna Gilson, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

"No one ever thinks they're gonna be the one to carry it to a new location, but if you think about your situation in La Crosse, it's not anywhere near any other infestations. So it's obviously not a natural spread. Someone brought it into La Crosse," Gilson said.

To prevent the spread of the ash borer, Gilson said buy firewood at camp sites instead of bringing it from home, or buy wood from a state-certified firewood vendor.

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