Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Emerald Ash Borer in Wisconsin

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive, wood boring beetle that kills ash trees of any size, any age, healthy or unhealthy (according to research by Michigan State University and the US Forest Service). Accidentally brought to the United States in the wood of shipping crates from China, EAB was found for the first time in Wisconsin in August 2008 near the community of Newburg, several miles northeast of West Bend and continues to spread. A news release reports that most recently, EAB was found to have spread into Wood County.

Picture of an Emerald Ash Borer
Courtesy of DATCP
The greatest threat of EAB spreading throughout the state is by people accidentally moving EAB larvae inside infested firewood, ash nursery stock, and other items made with ash wood. With more than 770 million ash trees in Wisconsin and nearly 7 percent of the tree population potentially at risk, EAB will continue to have a significant impact on Wisconsin.

Learn what Wisconsin is doing to respond to EAB by visiting the Wisconsin Digital Archives:

For more information visit Wisconsin's Emerald Ash Borer Information Source website . This website provides general information about EAB, ways to report and identify EAB, information about regulations and current maps showing where EAB is located in Wisconsin.

Post written by:
Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning