Superior city council approves plan to combat ash borer

By KBJR News 1

March 4, 2014 Updated Mar 4, 2014 at 10:15 PM CDT

Superior, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- The Superior City Council approved a plan on Tuesday to combat an insect that is feasting on the city's ash trees.

The six year plan targets 3,000 trees that have been infected by the emerald ash borer.

The plan outlines how city officials will remove the infected trees, a communications plan, and how to deal with the insect if it gets into the Superior Municipal Forest.

City officials have not yet determined if the emerald ash borer has spread to the forest.

If they do find the insect to be a problem in that area, officials might be able to release another insect to kill the ash borer.

"The Superior Municipal Forest may at some point become a candidate for bio–control, meaning the release of a sting less wasp," said Mary Morgan, city forester. "There are three of them. One won't survive in our area, but one of them eats the eggs and one of them eats the larva of the Emerald Ash Borer."

This option can only be applied to forest landscapes and is not likely to save street trees.

For more information about the city's plan to combat the borer, click here

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