Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) & Wood Utilization Plan

Emerald Ash Borer on Penny

  Invasive Species

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is now present in Dane County and confirmed throughout much of the state. Dane County has taken steps to prepare for this invasive beetle’s arrival through the County’s EAB and Wood Utilization Strategic Management Plan. This plan works to reduce the environmental impacts of the EAB within Dane County, mitigate the potential economic and social costs associated with control efforts and damage, and find ways to put wood formerly considered “waste” to positive and profitable use. Since an increased volume of wood residue will be among the EAB’s most significant consequences, the plan also outlines various options for dealing with wood materials—from infestations as well as potential storm events—in an economically and environmentally sound manner.

Please note:

Due to the confirmed presence of EAB in Dane County and much of the state,  the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) has put the State of Wisconsin under quarantine.  Exotic and native forest pests such as Agrilus planipennis (emerald ash borer), Anoplophora glabripennis (Asian longhorned beetle), and others cause serious damage to urban and natural forests in the United States.

These pests and many others disperse various distances through multiple pathways including movement of firewood.  Therefore it is Dane County policy, that residents cannot take firewood from Dane County to non-quarantine counties, and campers in parks within the county cannot carry leftover firewood home with them if they live outside of Dane County.