Marathon County officials take steps against destructive beetle
MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -
Emerald Ash Borer is a tiny beetle that does a lot of damage.
go to a tree, lay eggs on the bark and when the eggs hatch they form
a larva. That larva moves around just under the bark and it eats that
material under the bark," Parks, Recreation and Forestry
Director Bill Duncanson explained.
material is what transports water and nutrients to the tree. Without
it, the tree dies.
no cure for it," Duncanson said.
far this deadly insect is in 13 counties in Wisconsin. Marathon
County is not one of them. But officials say it's only a matter of
no known way to stop it at this time," Duncanson said.
why county officials say they've developed a plan, "we're taking
steps to reduce the number of ash trees that we have."
leaders say about 20% of the city's street trees are ash. So far, 750
have been removed.
trees we take are in poor condition or located in poor sites where
the large trees don't have room to grow."
the state's 770 million trees about 5 million exist of public and
private properties within cities and villages. The loss of these
community ash trees will cost property owners and taxpayers.
$50 per year, with the number of trees we have, it would cost us
about $11,000 a year to treat those trees," Duncanson said.
how does the ash borer make its way to Central Wisconsin? County
officials say it's the transportation of firewood.
it takes is one person trying to save a couple dollars on firewood to
throw some wood in and bring it to our area and we've got it."
no telling when the Emerald Ash Borer will make its way to Central
Wisconsin. But when it does, forestry leaders say they'll be ready.
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