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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Kiss Your Ash Goodbye?

Conservation, Forestry, Public Policy

By now you've heard about the Emerald Ash Borer - EAB for short.

EAB is a non-native insect - an exotic Asian gift courtesy of global commerce that likely traveled stateside in a wooden packing crate.

It's a gift that keeps on giving and an expensive one at that.  Losses resulting from EAB infestations are estimated at $157,000 to $665,000 per 1000 urban residents.  That doesn't include losses to nurseries, the forest products industry and woodland owners.  Those numbers would be staggering.

It would seem that while the infestation has practically surrounded us this destructive little critter hasn't shown-up in Wauwatosa.  At least that we're aware-of.

When it does - this is what we have to look forward to:

I'm old enough to remember the cathedral-like elm trees that lined the city streets. 

It will be interesting to see how Tosans cope with another massive tree die-off and its aesthetic and fiscal consequences.

Anyway - this week is Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.

Keep a sharp eye out for the symptoms and signs of EAB infestation and call the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection if you see this bugger:


The hotline is: 1-800-462-2803

Read about Wisconsin's current management strategy.


PS - The critter doesn't travel very far on its own.  Movement of infested firewood is generally how it travels long distances.  Remember that.

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