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EMERALD ASH BORER The emerald ash borer is on the move Ash-killing beetle continues its relentless march About quarantines This map of Emerald Ash Borer EAB detections and quarantines in Wisconsin shows in a nutshell why its so important to not move firewood even within quarantined counties. While about half of the state is now quarantined yellow counties the area known to be infested by EAB in green is much smaller. Established EAB populations only spread a mile or so on their own which is fast enough Dont give them a lift. Wisconsin DATCP map httpdatcpservices.wisconsin.goveab articleassetsEAB20Detections20and20Quarantine20in20 The emerald ash borer EAB continues its relentless spread across North America aided by people hauling ash logs and firewood from infested areas.After a lull in new EAB discoveries in the Ceded Territory the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development MDARD announced in February the discovery of EAB in two additional Upper Michigan counties. Adult EAB were found on three USDA-APHISpurplepaneltrapsplaced in 2016. The EAB-positive traps came from the city of Marquette and a site just northwest of the city in Marquette County and near the town of Norway in Dickinson County. As a result the MDARD and the USDA have quarantined both coun- ties. Menominee and Baraga counties were also quarantined in part because MDARD considered the chances of the EAB being established there as high. New Wisconsin finds came when residents of Stevens Point noticed woodpeckers pulling bits of bark from neighborhood ash trees. Woodpeckers love EAB larvae and often pull pieces of dark outer bark from the ash trees to get at them leaving their trunks with a mottled look. City foresters confirmed the infestation and on April 7 the Wis- consinDepartmentofAgricultureTrade and Consumer Protection DATCP announced the find. The central Wisconsin counties of Portage and Wood have now been quar- antined. Both counties extend north into the 1837 Ceded Territory. This dying ash shows classic symptoms of EAB infestation including thinning canopy and profuse dark green shoots from the lower trunk. Superior Wisconsin September 2015. SCG Known locations of EAB in North America as of April 5 2016. Federal quarantine areas are outlined in dark blue. The red dots show the location of the first EAB discovery in each state or province. Updated monthly maps can be found at httpemeraldashborer.infodocumentsMultiState_EABpos. pdf. USDA-APHIS map A quarantine of an area means that it is illegal to move certain specified materials outside that area. Quarantined materials can include items such as nursery trees boughs and untreated logs and firewood of specified trees which can harbor forest invasives. The EAB quarantine prohibits the movement of untreated hardwood fire- wood as well as ash nursery stock from quarantined counties to unquarantined counties. The quarantine includes all hardwood firewood because it can be difficult to distinguish ash from other types of wood. More on the emerald ash borer Michiganrevisesitsquarantineforemeraldashborer pressreleasehttpmichigan.govsom046697-192- 47796-376585--00.html. EAB Found in Stevens Point Portage and Wood counties to be quarantined press release httpdatcp.wi.gov28X28129S 28dakcwqk05tq0tbpxvqg21z102929newsindex.aspxID144 7AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport1. The EmeraldAsh Borer Information Network emeraldashborer.info is the go-to site to learn about the EAB. For state-specific information on the EAB see Michigan httpmichigan.govmdard046107-125-2390_18298---00.html Wisconsin httpdatcpservices.wisconsin.goveabindex.jsp Minnesota httpmda.state.mn.usemeraldashborer. Finally check out the GLIFWC Forest Invasives website at httpglifwc.orgFor- est_Pestsindex.html.HereyoucanlearnabouttheEABandotherforestinvasives view presentations from the March 2015 forest invasives meeting in Red Cliff and downloadGLIFWCflyerspamphletsandothermaterialsontheseforestinvasives. The EAB generally attacks and kills only true ash Fraxinus spp.. Recently the EAB was also found attacking white fringe trees native to the southern US. In the Ceded Territory this includes black ash baapaagimaak wiisagaak green ash aagimaak emikwaansaak and white ash aagimaak emikwaansaak. The Ojibwe and other Great Lakes tribes value black ash for making woven baskets. The wood of white and sometimes green ash is used for items that require strength and flexibility including aagimag snowshoes and zhooshkodaabaanag sleds or toboggans. The bark wanagek of all three ash species is used medicinally. The demise of ash would be devastating to the environment and the other forest beings that depend on them. Their loss would also diminish the ability of future generations to carry on a way of life that has sustained the Ojibwe people for generations. Weaving a traditional black ash basket. COR photo MAZINAIGAN PAGE 8 SUMMER 2016 By Steve Garske GLIFWC Plant Specialist