Although no emerald ash borer insects or larvae have been found in Racine County -- yet -- the state has added us to its emergency quarantine list.
Quarantine rules for Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine Counties go into effect on Monday, Sept. 14, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s emergency rule to establish quarantines on materials that could transport emerald ash borer. A Federal quarantine for these three counties is expected to be enacted soon.
Ash borers were found in August in the town of Franklin, in Milwaukee County, and in Kenosha County, thus surrounding Racine County.
The quarantine rule will restrict the movement of products outside of the quarantine borders that could transport any of the life stages of EAB. Products such as ash logs or timber and all species of hardwood firewood cannot be moved outside of the quarantine area without state or federal approval. Certification for firewood movement is available to firewood dealers only. Ash nursery stock cannot be moved under any circumstance because it is impossible to determine if the young trees are infested without damaging the tree beyond salvage.
The tree-killing emerald ash borer has been discovered so far in seven Wisconsin counties: Brown, Crawford, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Vernon and Washington. As of Sept. 14 state or federal EAB quarantines will exist in 11 counties including Brown, Crawford, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Vernon, Washington and Waukesha counties.
A public hearing on the emergency rule will be held on Oct. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Road in Franklin.