Eagle River 4-H'ers Surveying City Ash Tree Numbers

Sep 19, 2016

Emereld Ash Borer
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The Eagle River 4-H Club is conducting an Ash tree inventory along city streets.

Through mid-October, club members will be counting how many ash trees are within the city limits. Cathy Higley is Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator. She says the idea to have the young people do the survey was after Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Rhinelander...

"....we don't know how many Ash trees are within the Eagle River city limits. The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that has been found in the Rhinelander area. So it's only a matter of time before the insect makes it's way to Eagle River...."

Ash is about 20 percent of the urban trees...

"...and if we have 20 percent of our trees die in the city, that could be a huge impact. I don't think we're at 20 percent. That's why we're trying to get the 4-H group to do some walking surveys along our Eagle River streets..."

Statewide, about 7 percent of the trees are ash. The project is in cooperation with the city of Eagle River. If you want more information about the project, Emerald Ash Borer or have questions, Higley says you can contact her at the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Department.