- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BLACK FALLS RIVER, Wis. (AP) - Jackson County in west-central Wisconsin will be quarantined for the destructive emerald ash borer after an infestation was found in Black River Falls.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said in a news release Tuesday that Jackson County is the 39th Wisconsin county to be placed under quarantine. The Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1EC0ZZi ) reports most of the southern half of Wisconsin is under quarantine, as are Douglas and Oneida counties in northern Wisconsin.

Emerald ash borer larvae were collected from an ash tree in Black River Falls on Aug. 6. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave official confirmation of the infestation Aug. 12.

The insect reached Wisconsin in 2008. Under quarantines, ash wood products and hardwood firewood are barred from being moved to non-quarantine areas.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj


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