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Emerald Ash Borer awareness week

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Emerald ash borer awareness week started Sunday.

At least 20 counties in Wisconsin have been infested with the beetle.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said when the state loses trees to the ash borer, it could impact air, water quality and wildlife habitat.

With Memorial Day coming up, the Department is asking people to help stop the spread by not moving firewood out of the quarantine counties, buying firewood near campsites or from a state-certified firewood vendor, learning about the signs of EAB infestation, and reporting ash trees that show signs of infestation.

People can do that by calling the EAB toll-free hotline at 1-800-462-2803 or emailing DATCPemeraldashborer@wi.gov.

Since 2008, EAB infestations have been confirmed in Brown, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Douglas, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago counties.

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