Since the discovery of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Wisconsin one year ago, state officials have revised their plan on fighting the invasive pest. Within the state, the first cases of EAB’s emergences were in 2008. Early on, private land owners were forced to cut down healthy ash trees to prevent infestation due to lack of remedies.
Instead of cutting down healthy ash trees, Wisconsin communities are now using effective chemical treatments from Arborjet to ward off the beetle.
Wisconsin communities are using Arborjet tree injection treatments to fight Emerald Ash Borer.
The city of Milwaukee is encouraging property owners to consider Arborjet tree injection treatments. Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett included $118,000 in his proposal for the city’s 2010 budget to disperse interns across the city to educate residents with ash trees of their options.
EAB is native to Asia and was said to be discovered in Michigan back in 2002. Since then, the beetle has killed tens of millions of ash trees from Quebec to Missouri. The beetle’s larvae live underneath the tree’s bark and disrupt the flow of nutrients within the tree’s vascular system eventually leading to its demise.
“We want to try to be as proactive as we possibly can,” said Mark Theisen, a forest silviculturist with the Chequamegon-Nicolet. The approach, known as SLAM, or slow ash mortality, is one of the latest ways of combating the beetle.
In September, Arborjet representatives educated 50 on-lookers in Green Bay on how Arborjet’s tree injection systems and formulations are both environmentally safe and cost effective solutions as opposed to simply removing ash trees. Read more
New strategies target emerald ash borer
By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Oct. 7, 2009