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Emerald Ash Borer found in Onalaska


ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The spread of the Emerald Ash Borer continues.

Onalaska is the latest city where the destructive beetle was found.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources informed the city the borer turned up in ash trees on the 1700 block of Hickory Street.

City Engineer Jarrod Holter said in a news release that they'll now work to update their current plan for dealing with the ash borer in the city's several hundred trees along streets and in the cemetery.

Katie Meyer, Onalaska's Planner/Zoning Inspector, stated that there are approximately 1,700 ash trees in the city. Roughly one-quarter of the trees in city parks and streets are ash species.

In the release, they city suggests that Onalaska propertyowners who are concerned about ash trees should take the following measures:

  • Visit the City of Onalaska's website (the news & announcements page) for brochures with public information dedicated to EAB.
  • Visit http://www.emeraldashborer.info for more information.
  • Consult a Certified Arborist for expert advice (http://www.isa-arbor.com) includinginspection, treatment, and removal options.

The Emerald Ash Borer is found in 21 Wisconsin counties including La Crosse, Vernon, and Trempealeau. The beetle is also affecting ash trees in Houston and Winona counties in Minnesota.


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