Join forester Brad Hutnik to learn about Emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic insect that was first identified in southeast Michigan in 2002. In 2008, EAB was detected in Ozaukee and Washington Counties in southeast Wisconsin. Since then, EAB has been found in many areas of the state. The insect is expected to kill more than 99% of white, green, and black ash in Wisconsin, regardless of a forest stand’s size, ash density, or species composition. Brad will present the current status of EAB in Wisconsin, review current management recommendations when EAB is present, and look ahead to what this means long-term for the ecology of forested wetlands.

Brad Hutnik, WDNR

Recorded July 9, 2021

Brad Hutnik is a forest ecologist/silviculturist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, stationed in Madison. Brad graduated with a bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1997. Before joining the WDNR, Brad worked for Consolidated Papers (now New Page), the Lake County Forest Preserve District (Lake Co., IL), and Clark Forestry (Baraboo, WI). From 2002-2012 he served as Lower Wisconsin State Riverway forester and took on the forest ecologist/silviculturist position in 2012. He currently lives in Spring Green, WI, with his wife and family.

Wetland Coffee Break: Anticipating the hydrologic consequences of Emerald Ash Borer invasion in tribal forested wetlands through a sapflux network

Anticipated mortality of Black ash-dominated forested wetlands induced by Emerald Ash Borer has prompted tribal managers to seek strategies and prioritize areas for mitigation.