Conservation, Education

Wisconsin Arborists Association Day of Service

Schlitz Audubon Wisconsin Arborist Association

This spring, members of the Wisconsin Arborist Association (WAA) spent their annual Day of Service volunteering at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to combat EAB in Milwaukee. WAA member arborists removed 79 ash trees from areas that pose potential safety concerns, such as near parking lots, main trails or roads, and near buildings.

Skilled WAA professionals from eight companies combined their experience and equipment to improve the land at Schlitz Audubon, including the often-risky removal of ash trees afflicted by Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This donation of time, knowledge, and tools saved Center staff months of tree felling work, and will proactively ensure the safety of the most frequently visited areas.

Emerald Ash Borer at the Center

When EAB was discovered at Schlitz Audubon, 35% of the Center’s tree canopy was comprised of ash trees, which naturally proliferated when the land was retired from agriculture. Schlitz Audubon staff proactively marked potential hazard trees and have been cutting down infested Ash trees over the since 2017.

While EAB is a tragedy, it accelerates our efforts to diversify our tree canopy. Center staff and volunteers are gradually removing hazard trees, eradicating ground and shrub layer invasive species, and restoring the tree canopy by planting a diverse selection of native trees. This greater diversity will attract more birds and insects, and improve the long-term health of our ecosystem.

EAB in Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin

People throughout Wisconsin and Milwaukee are dealing with the after effects of the EAB. This invasive beetle has afflicted our region, and is swiftly killing untreated ash trees. Wisconsin has quarantined ash wood throughout the state in hopes of curbing the spread in our state and EAB in Milwaukee.

Ash trees throughout Southeastern Wisconsin have been compromised by EAB, causing potential dangers in parks, natural areas, and backyards. If you have concerns about the health or safety of trees in your yard, WAA professionals can safely assess, trim, and remove trees afflicted by EAB in Milwaukee. The WAA is a chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, which has representation in more than 30 countries.