The discovery of the emerald ash borer in Door County may not be a death sentence for the county’s ash trees, but its close. The invasive insect, native to China, bores under the bark of the trees & cuts off access to nutrients & water, eventually killing the tree. A meeting to discuss the arrival of the bug was held Tuesday at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Representatives of multi-jurisdictional agencies, including the department of natural resources & Door County, provided information on the threat to ash trees locally. It’s estimated that about 11% of the trees in Door County are ash trees. Linda Williams, DNR Forest Health Specialist based in Green Bay, talked about short term actions that can be done by residents…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/N895.mp3|titles=Linda Williams]
Williams was asked if some ash trees can be saved…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/N896.mp3|titles=Linda Williams]
Williams noted that, in many cases, the problem of the emerald ash borer will have to be attacked on an individual basis.