Emerald Ash Borer detected in Door County

By Terry Kovarik | terry.kovarik@wearegreenbay.com

Published 06/11 2014 07:05PM

Updated 06/11 2014 07:13PM

FISH CREEK (WFRV) Fish Creek, like other Door County communities, welcome visitors from all over during the summer tourism season. But there's a new arrival that foresters and county officials had hoped would stay away: The Emerald Ash Borer beetle, which now poses a threat to a significant portion of the counties forests.

"What I know from the experts, roughly eleven-percent of the trees are ash trees," said Maureen Murphy, Door County Administrator.

The Ash Borer, which is native to China, has now made it's way into 22 Wisconsin Counties. The discovery in Door County has now led to more restrictions on where campers can buy firewood. Previously wood bought from within 20 miles of state park campgrounds was acceptable. That's now been reduced to ten-miles away.
Property owners with one or two Ash trees on their land can treat those trees to limit damage from the beetles. Owners of larger groves have few options.

"Options in the woods setting are a lot more limited. It's pretty much going to work its way through the woods affecting the native Ash species you may have," said Bill Ruff, Forester for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Agriculture and forestry officials will be holding workshop to help property owners find ways to control Ash Borers.

"We do have some farmers here that grow timber and it is not used here in Door County. It goes to other places," Murphy said.

"It's here. It's something we have to deal with. We knew it was inevitable," Ruff said.

Local 5's Terry Kovarik has the story.

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