- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) - Portage is the latest Wisconsin city to confirm the presence of emerald ash borer.

An urban forester for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirmed that at least two ash trees in Portage were infested with the larva of the destructive pest.

The larvae invade the area under the bark of the ash tree. The discovery came just weeks after the city of Portage was recognized as a Tree City USA for the 20th consecutive year.

Dan Kremer, the city’s manager of parks and recreation, tells the Portage Daily Register (https://bit.ly/1zydckt ) that emerald ash borer has been spreading throughout Wisconsin for the last several years. The insect was first spotted in Columbia County last July.

Kremer estimates there are up to 1,000 ash trees on public property in Portage.


Information from: Portage Daily Register, https://www.portagedailyregister.com

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