According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive wood-boring beetle that attacks ash trees. Since EAB was first identified in North America in 2002, it has killed tens of millions of trees in the Great Lakes region. Signs of EAB in Wisconsin were first reported in 2008. In an effort to slow the spread of this invasive insect, please report any signs of emerald ash borer to the Park and Recreation Department immediately. You may also call the Emerald Ash Borer hotline at 1-800-462-2803. The insect spreads primarily through the transport of firewood, so please exercise caution when transporting wood to other areas of the state.
The Park and Recreation Department recognizes the severity of the effects of EAB and has recently worked with Bluestem Forestry Consulting, Inc. to create an EAB readiness plan for Antigo's cemeteries, parks and trail. The plan includes information on how to recognize EAB infestation and what the City of Antigo plans to do when EAB reaches the area. The City of Antigo EAB Readiness plan was made possible through a Wisconsin DNR Urban Forestry Grant.
The WDNR has created an informational guide for homeowners as well. Both documents can be viewed by clicking the links below. You can also obtain more information on EAB by visiting the WDNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/urbanforests/eabtoolbox.html or Wisconsin's Emerald Ash Borer Information Source at http://datcpservices.wisconsin.gov/eab/index.jsp.
Click here to view the City of Antigo's EAB readiness plan.
Click here to view the WDNR's EAB guide for homeowners.