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Wisconsin DNR May Downgrade EAB Classification

  (Purdue University Department of Entomology photo/John Obermeyer)  (Purdue University Department of Entomology photo/John Obermeyer)


The Wisconsin DNR wants to prohibit the Emerald Ash Borer, an action that Andrea Diss-Torance--the DNR's invasive insects program director-- says may not be possible. "Having it listed as prohibited is completely ridiculous at this stage. We can't really be expecting people to act upon every population they find because there's a lot of places in Wisconsin where that's pretty common." While the Emerald Ash Borer is only one of forty-nine proposed changes to the DNR's invasive species list, local businesses worry new plant restrictions may negatively effect their crops and inventories; the DNR, however, is giving operators three to five years to sell down, or sell out of, newly restricted trees and plants.