Wisconsin confirms the arrival of ash borer, putting trees at risk

  • Updated: August 4, 2008 - 8:21 PM

New invasive species discovered in Wisconsin.

Officials have confirmed the first appearance of the emerald ash borer in Wisconsin, a finding that could put about 740 million trees in the state in jeopardy.

The insect was found in dying ash trees near the village of Newburg in Ozaukee County last week. No one has found a way to control the insect or any predators, said Darrell Zastrow, director of the forest science office in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The emerald ash borer, a metallic-green insect about a half-long, is native to Asia. It was first discovered in the Detroit area in 2002.

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