9/6/17 – State agriculture officials say the tree killing emerald ash borer has been found in five more counties, including Green Lake County, bringing the statewide total to 46. A homeowner discovered the invasive beetle on private land where trees were dying. The insect was also found in traps set up by the state at three locations in Marinette County, two spots in Green Lake County, and one each in Waupaca and Waushara counties. Brian Kuhn of the state Ag Department says the emerald ash borer now covers all counties in the southern two thirds of the state, with a “checkerboard” of quarantined counties in the state. The quarantine means that people cannot take firewood to counties without quarantines, and businesses in those areas must certify that their wood products are E-A-B free before they can be shipped. The green beetle was detected in Dodge County four years ago. Columbia, Jefferson, Fond du Lac, and Washington counties are also under quarantine.