Monday, April 17, 2017

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Bellevue

The Village of Bellevue has identified Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) within the village limits.  A tree located along Foxfire Drive in the neighborhood near Denmark State Bank was positively identified for being infested with EAB in April of 2017.  This is the first positive find within the community.  Previously, EAB had been located in the City of Green Bay (2009), City of De Pere (2016), Village of Howard (2017), Village of Ashwaubenon (2017), and most recently Village of Allouez.  The Village of Bellevue will continue to investigate suspect ash trees for signs of EAB infestation and manage accordingly.

The Emerald Ash Borer only affects true ash trees; white ash, green ash, and black ash.  Mountain ash is not a true ash and is not in jeopardy of EAB infestation.  Signs of EAB include flecking bark from woodpecker activity, split bark, serpentine “S” galleries under the bark from the borer, thinning crown, water sprouts, and “D” shaped holes in the bark.

Movement of firewood, wood products, and brush is prohibited outside of the EAB quarantine area which includes most of southern Wisconsin including Brown, Outagamie, Kewaunee, Door, Calumet, and Manitowoc Counties.

If you suspect your private ash tree has EAB, you can contact a local tree service to evaluate your tree; we recommend you contact a certified arborist.  For a list of certified arborists, please visit the Wisconsin Arborist Association webpage at www.waa-isa.org/arborists/search.asp  Should you suspect EAB in a Village-owned tree in the right-of-way in front of your property, please contact the Village Forester, Doug Tenor, at dtenor@villageofbellevue.org.  For more information on EAB in the Village of Bellevue, please visit our webpage at www.villageofbellevue.org