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Ribbon campaign highlight emerald ash borer issue

Wisconsin State Farmer

ROTHSCIHLD - Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. is partnering with the Village of Rothschild to raise awareness about emerald ash borer by tying green ribbons around ash trees in parks and on major thoroughfares this spring.

Green ribbons in the Village of Rothschild, 2016, showing how many community trees are at risk from
emerald ash borer. Ribbons go up again Arbor Day 2017.

The green ribbon campaign, which is also taking place in Stevens Point, is intended to create a visual impact, showing how many trees in the community are at risk from impacts of emerald ash borer.

Rothschild began preparing for emerald ash borer in 2012 by contracting the development of a complete ash tree inventory and EAB readiness plan. The plan documented 163 total ash trees, where they are, their size, and condition. Armed with this knowledge, the Village was able to start removing and replacing a planned number of
trees on an annual basis.

Other details about their EAB plan can be found at

Their integrated management strategy will help to spread out the costs of dealing with EAB. Without such planning, municipalities will face tree removal costs that far exceed annual budgets.

Rothschild’s green ribbons will be up from Arbor Day, April 28 th through June. Stevens Point’s ribbons will be up Arbor Day through the end of May. The campaigns will highlight what these municipalities are doing to prepare for EAB and what city residents can do to prepare as well. Rothschild and Stevens Point collaborated with RC&D on the campaigns in 2016, and shortly after the ribbons went up, EAB was confirmed in Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids.

As the destructive bug makes its way closer to Rothschild, the Village is joining the green ribbon campaign again to be proactive in encouraging residents to be on the lookout for EAB and start preparing now to manage ash trees on their property.

Residents can learn about EAB and management options at an upcoming workshop, Save Your Ash Trees! A Workshop on Emerald Ash Borer Management for Urban and Woodlot Owners, Saturday, June 3rd, at Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London. The workshop will cover symptoms, management options, and what to can be done with the wood. Details and registration information can be found at or by calling the office at (715) 343-6215.

Golden Sands RC&D Council is also helping the Village of Rib Mountain plan for EAB. The municipality will receive an inventory of their ash trees and a complete EAB preparedness plan. Plans will include how to identify the ash borer, its symptoms, treatment options, cost estimates, and more.