MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin agriculture officials say emerald ash borer has been confirmed for the first time in Outagamie County.
The destructive tree pest was found on private land in Appleton.
Officials say the discovery was not surprising, since Outagamie County already is under quarantine for emerald ash borer because of its proximity to an infestation in the Village of Sherwood in Calumet County.
While the finding does not change anything from a regulatory standpoint, officials say it should remind county residents of the importance of not moving firewood from Outagamie County to counties that are not under quarantine.
A tree trimming crew working in a private yard in Appleton noticed extensive woodpecker damage, one sign of infestation. Samples were collected last month, and the USDA confirmed emerald ash borer last week.