The emerald ash borer has flared greatly this month in Wisconsin, underscoring the growing influence it is having on the state’s landscape since first detected in 2008.

However, state funding has dropped sharply for the agency charged with looking for the emerald ash borer. State officials said that a detection program could be largely eliminated in 2013 if federal funding is lost.

So far this month, authorities have made eight new finds, including two recently announced in Janesville and in the Richard Bong Recreation Area in Kenosha County.

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