- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State agriculture officials say emerald ash borer is getting closer to Wisconsin’s North Woods.

The tree-killing pest has been found in Sawyer County, the second most northern location in Wisconsin so far. The county will be quarantined.

A single adult beetle was found in a monitoring trap set along a road in the Town of Radisson.

Brian Kuhn, director of the Bureau of Plant Industry in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, says the new infestation is concerning. Kuhn says the infestation is less than 20 miles from the Chequamegon National Forest and the adjoining Flambeau River State Forest.

But Kuhn says the infestation is in an early stage, with no damage yet.

Sawyer County joins 38 other Wisconsin counties where emerald ash borer has been found.


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