The city of Onalaska Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the UW Extension office for a March 26 tree symposium on emerald ash borer at the Onalaska OmniCenter.

The first session is a workshop for area vendors and businesses associated with the urban forestry industry and municipalities. State and local experts will cover information related to the EAB, including its life cycle, how to control its spread, the quarantine rules and regulations, utilizing infested wood, municipal strategies, the benefits of trees in our landscape and more. This workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch being provided. Seats for this workshop will be reserved in the order registrations are received, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged. On-site registration will also be taken the day of the event if spaces are available.

Two other sessions will be offered free for all interested people, particularly land and home owners. The first of these sessions is a vendor exhibition hour starting at 5 p.m. that will feature area resources, state associations and private businesses with a wealth of EAB-related information. After the vendor exhibition hour, there will be an information session for home and land owners from 6 to 9 p.m. that will provide participants with the information required to make sound decisions regarding trees on their property.

Some of this information includes a city update on EAB., the insects life cycle, how to identify an ash tree, signs and symptoms of an infestation of EAB, control measures that can be used, what to look for when hiring a contractor, quarantine rules and regulations, the benefits of trees and more.

For more information, call 781-9560, email or visit the city’s website at


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Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or

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