SE Wisconsin ash borer outbreak spreads



Evidence of the emerald ash borer was found on July 1 in Jefferson County, which now will be quarantined for movement of firewood and wood products.

The destructive beetle also was found in late June for the first time in Whitewater, on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus, which straddles the Walworth/Jefferson county line.

The quarantine will be put in place temporarily by a Wisconsin emergency rule. The U.S. Department of Agriculture then will put a federal quarantine in place.

Sixteen Wisconsin counties, including Kenosha and Walworth, are under quarantine because of the beetle. The limitation allows firewood and wood products to be moved among quarantined counties but not to be taken outside them. Transport of infected wood is a major way the beetle, which has destroyed millions of ash trees in 19 states and Canada, is spread.

Other quarantined counties near Kenosha are: Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha. KEEP READING >>