They’re here. After years of dread and worry, Emerald Ash Borer beetles have found their way into the Madison area. Last month, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, declared Dane County the twenty first Wisconsin county under quarantine for the invasive insects. A Madison tree contractor found bark damage in an ash tree in Warner Park. City forestry workers later confirmed ash-borer larvae in the tree, the first confirmed infestation in Dane County. Now that the invasive pest has made its way here, what does the future hold for Dane County’s woodlands? Chris Williamson, an entomologist with the University of Wisconsin, joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing to fill us in.
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