Contact(s): Jason Quast, acting regional parks supervisor, 262-626-2116 Bill McNee, forest health specialist, 920-360-0942, Marcus Smith, DNR communications, 414-263-8516
MILWAUKEE - Removal of ash trees infested by the emerald ash borer began Wednesday, March 27, in public-use areas at Big Foot Beach State Park in Walworth County and at Richard Bong State Recreation Area in Kenosha County.
The trees are being removed before the busy spring and summer seasons because they have become a safety hazard due to the likelihood of falling branches. Ash trees are prone to dropping their branches once they are in decline. Most of the trees being removed would die this year if left in place. Emerald ash borer was first found at both state properties in the summer of 2012.
All wood materials will be managed in a way that will not contribute to further EAB spread. It is anticipated some trees will be turned into firewood and woodchips to be used on site while others will be used for lumber.
Emerald ash borer, a killer of ash trees, was first found in Wisconsin in 2008. The pest has since been found in various locations in southeast and southwest Wisconsin. More information is available at www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov.