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Emerald Ash Borer found near Warner Park in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison city officials addressed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on the north side of Madison near Warner Park during a Tuesday news conference.
 
They says confirmation of EAB means Dane County will be quarantined, with some wood products no longer allowed to be moved out of the county to areas not infested.
 
Madison Parks Forestry officials were tipped off by a call from a private tree company reporting suspected EAB infestation in a tree they were removing on private property near Warner Park.  A Madison Parks investigated the area and evidence was sent to the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCAP). The city received confirmation of Emerald Ash Borer last Friday, November 22.
 
"It is unfortunate, but expected to receive confirmation of Emerald Ash Borer in the city of Madison," said Mayor Paul Soglin. "City staff has been working on EAB response plans for several years and we are prepared to implement our plans."
 
Madison started working on a tactical response to EAB in 2008, with the formation of an Emerald Ash Borer Task force to coordinate assessment of the EAB threat, plan various response strategies, review the latest research and act to mitigate impacts on the city's tree canopy, ensure public safety, protect the environment and contain costs. 
 
The city's EAB plan was adopted in September 2012 and updated in September 2013.
 
You can see the entire plan here.
 
Madison has roughly 21,700 publicly owned street terrace ash trees, and unknown number of ash trees in parks and thousands more on private property. In the Warner Park, there are more than 2600 publicly-owned ash trees.
 
Under the plan, Madison Parks Forestry will continue to do branch sampling in the Warner Park area to find the ‘epi-center' of the infestation. Over the winter, Forestry staff will remove publicly owned ash trees (street and park trees) that are in poor condition and/or are located under power lines. In the spring, the city will implement a chemical treatment program for trees that are in healthy condition and over 10 inches diameter. The city will use the injection treatments versus soil drench treatments to ensure the protection of ground and surface water quality. Madison Parks Forestry will provide an "Adopt-a-Tree" program for private citizens to help save, at their own expense, a publicly owned ash tree in a Madison park. The details on this program will be provided later in the winter as the treatment programs cannot start until spring. Madison Parks Forestry will continue with branch sampling in all areas of the city to look for any other infestation locations. Going forward, Madison Parks Forestry will replant publicly-owned trees in most locations. If people would like to help support this undertaking, a specific fund has been created with the Madison Parks Foundation.
 
Soglin estimates the cost of responding to the presence of the exotic insect's infestation at between $3 and $4 million over the next five years.
 
The city suggests homeowners do the following to protect their trees:
- Go here and here for detailed information
- Keep a close watch on ash trees for signs of possible EAB infestation: thinning canopy, D-shaped holes in the bark, new branches sprouting low on the truck, cracked bark and woodpeckers pulling at the bark to get to insect larvae beneath it.
- Call a Certified Arborist for expert advice.
- If you are considering preventative treatment, the city of Madison encourages you to use the injection method rather than the soil drench method in order to protect our lakes and ground water.
 
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