STEVENS POINT - The city of Stevens Point is taking a unique, and very visual approach to the emerald ash borer awareness program this year.
The city is partnering with Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council and urban forestry students from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to raise awareness about EAB by tying green ribbons around ash trees in Stevens Point.
The students will begin putting the ribbons up on the ash trees along downtown Stevens Point at 2 p.m. on Friday in the 1100 block of Main Street. Ribbons will be placed only on ash trees on publicly owned land. That includes trees along Main, Clark, and Division Street North, as well as along the Green Circle trail running through Pfiffner and Bukolt parks. Around 300 total trees will have ribbons on them.
Stevens Point has nearly 7,400 publicly owned trees which border its streets. Of these trees, 860 of them are some type of true ash which represent green, white, and black ash, but do not include mountain ash. There are another 330 ash trees in managed areas of Stevens Point’s parks. All of these ash trees are threatened by the eventual arrival of EAB.