Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Wood Utilization Plan
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Wood Utilization Plan
With the emerald ash borer (EAB) already present in southeastern Wisconsin (and recently confirmed in Madison), Dane County has taken steps to prepare for this invasive beetle’s arrival. With proactive preparation as its guiding philosophy, Dane County’s EAB and Wood Utilization Strategic Management Plan works to reduce the environmental impacts of the EAB within Dane County, mitigate the potential economic and social costs associated with control efforts and damage, and find ways to put wood formerly considered “waste” to positive and profitable use. Since an increased volume of wood residue will be among the EAB’s most significant consequences, the plan also outlines various options for dealing with wood materials—from infestations as well as potential storm events—in an economically and environmentally sound manner.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the confirmed presence of EAB in Madison, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has put Dane County under quarantine. The quarantine prohibits ash wood products and hardwood firewood from being moved out of the county to areas that are not infested.
For private citizens, this means that residents cannot take firewood from Dane County to non-quarantine counties, and campers in parks within the county cannot carry leftover firewood home with them if they live outside of Dane County.
Please contact Dane County Parks for additional information:
Phone: (608) 224-3730
If you would like more information on the Emerald Ash Borer, please view the State of Wisconsin's online information source.
Ways to Protect Ash Trees in Your Area:
Year-round recreational opportunities abound throughout the Dane County Park
System. Whether you enjoy fast-paced physical fun or quiet enjoyment, Dane County Parks
offer you countywide locations for quick get-aways from urban settings and offer
custom-built recreational facilities amid splendid natural beauty. Imagine all you can do
year-round throughout the Dane County Park System.
Winter can be one of the most
exciting times of the year. Miles of specially groomed trails winding through dense
woodlands, rolling hills and open meadows provide snowmobilers or cross-country skiers
with boundless views and ideal conditions. Smooth, white blankets of snow contrast with
the diversity of structural shapes, bark colors and textures of trees and shrubbery.
Winter is an ideal time for following animal tracks in freshly fallen snow, for quiet
walks, ice fishing, or observing winter birds, wildlife and plants. Contact the County
Park Office for additional information on winter programs.
Spring reveals to nature lovers the wonders of new life uncovered from the
melting blanket of white. Colorful blooming buds and wildflowers, bright green leaf blades
poking up through wetland, woods and prairie floors, and the sounds of songbirds marched
with warming winds and waters add to the total delight of springtime in the parks.
Summer seems to bring out the
best in everything. Dane County parks provide areas for fast-paced volleyball, basketball, softball,
horseshoes and tennis as well as quiet areas for picnics, crackling
campfires, fishing and hiking. Whether you come to enjoy the happy sounds and smells of
picnics or parties or prefer to focus on the sights and sounds of birds, insects or
vegetation along shorelines, winding trails or a wetland boardwalk, you'll find ideal
settings amid the natural beauty of the parks.
Fall means brilliant colors in
Dane County skies, waters, forests and fields. Bright orange, white, yellow, purple, red
and bluish-black berries abound. Scampering animals harvest the ripened berries, nuts and
seeds among quietly drying grasses, plant stalks and newly fallen leaves. Grand overlooks
from bluffs or observatory towers reveal broad, colorful views of Wisconsin landscapes.
What a perfect time to inhale nature's beauty and what perfect places...Dane County
Dane County's Commitment
Dane County continues to improve its facilities to provide access for
everyone. We strive to go above and beyond the requirements mandated by the
Americans With Disabilities Act to make park and natural areas a joy for all.
Special facilities include a boardwalk through wetland marshes at Token Creek
County Park, and the Lewis Nine Springs Eway. Accessible fishing piers are
available at Babcock, Fish Camp, Salmo Pond, Token Creek and Stewart Lake
County Parks. A special fishing area at the Jenni and Kyle Preserve is
available for the exclusive use of children and people with disabilities. Call
the Dane County Parks Division office at (608)224-3730 for more information
about the many fully accessible facilities in our park system.
The Dane County Park Commission
gives special recognition to the following people who generously donated land to the Dane
County Park System:
Otto Festge, John Holtzman, Phillip
& Isabel LaFollette, Russell & Ella McCarthy, Marcella Pendall, The
Donald/Woodburn Family, The Wrolstad Family