Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) & Wood Utilization Plan
With the emerald ash borer (EAB) already present in southeastern Wisconsin and confirmed in Madison, Dane County has taken steps to prepare for this invasive beetle’s arrival. With proactive preparation as its guiding philosophy, Dane County’s EAB and Wood Utilization Strategic Management Plan works to reduce the environmental impacts of the EAB within Dane County, mitigate the potential economic and social costs associated with control efforts and damage, and find ways to put wood formerly considered “waste” to positive and profitable use. Since an increased volume of wood residue will be among the EAB’s most significant consequences, the plan also outlines various options for dealing with wood materials—from infestations as well as potential storm events—in an economically and environmentally sound manner.
Due to the confirmed presence of EAB in Madison, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has put Dane County under quarantine. The quarantine prohibits ash wood products and hardwood firewood from being moved out of the county to areas that are not infested. For private citizens, this means that residents cannot take firewood from Dane County to non-quarantine counties, and campers in parks within the county cannot carry leftover firewood home with them if they live outside of Dane County.
- Dane County EAB Management Plan May 2009 (4.3 MB PDF)
- Dane County EAB Informational Poster May 2009 (3.86 MB PDF)
Please contact Dane County Parks for additional information: Phone: (608) 224-3730; E-mail: email@example.com
- Wisconsin's Online EAB Information Source
- Check in with your local municipality; report suspected finds to 1-800-462-2803 (or 608-266-4816 for City of Madison)
- Dane County UW-Extension
- 608-224-3715; 608-224-3721 (May-October)
- UW-Extension EAB factsheets
- Is My Ash Tree worth Treating for EAB?
- Homeowner Guide to EAB Insecticide Treatments
- Professional Guide to EAB Treatments
- Dane County Tree Board
- Wisconsin Arborists Association