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EAB discovery in Superior may be problem for Minnesota loggers, mills

SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - The discovery of the emerald ash borer in Superior could be a problem for loggers and mills in neighboring Minnesota. 

Public Radio in the Gopher State says unprocessed ash trees cannot be transported through September. That's because of Wisconsin's quarantine placed on ash products in Douglas County, where Superior is located. 

County forestry director Jon Harris says every level of the region's supply chain for wood products will feel, "a certain level of pain." 

Logger Max Ericson of Minong says he might to have begin storing the timber he cuts during the summer, instead of shipping it right away.

The movement of cut ash is restricted until October 1st, when the ash borer does not spread as easily. One mill across the Wisconsin border says it's doing okay for now -- but things could change if the quarantine zone is expanded into Minnesota. That would happen if the emerald ash borer is found in that part of the Gopher State. 

Businesses say it's only a matter of time until it happens. 

There have been reports that the tree-killing ash borer might have come from somebody hauling infected firewood from central Wisconsin. Ericson says he's disturbed by that because, "We're the ones who are going to have to deal with the consequences."

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