WEAU | Eau Claire, Wisconsin | News, Weather, & Sports

City of Onalaska says emerald ash borer is a concern


ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area city is trying to decide how to deal with emerald ash borer.

On Tuesday night, the city of Onalaska held a meeting where the public could give feedback about how to handle the problem.

The city said the Wisconsin DNR confirmed its first case of emerald ash borer in ash trees in the 1700 block of Hickory Street in December 2013.

Emerald ash borer are metallic green insects that are about half an inch long.

Its larvae get under the tree’s bark, disrupting the flow of nutrients and water and typically a tree dies.

The city said about 27% of its trees are ash trees.

“It’s definitely a large amount, and it’s going to cost a fair amount of money to remove them, and hopefully replace them in the future,” said Planning and Zoning Inspector Katie Meyer.

The city is hoping to complete an emerald ash borer management plan this spring.

Then, the city will go to the Common Council who will decide whether the city’s ash trees should be treated, removed or both.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 245095961