Many communities have been hit hard by the Emerald Ash Borer and unfortunately the infestation continues to spread. Ash trees were a popular replacement species following the peak losses from Dutch elm disease, which means ash currently represents between 10% and 40% of our local urban forest.
Fortunately there is hope. A group of university scientists and industry professionals called the Coalition for Urban Ash Tree Conservation created and endorsed a consensus document that states:
“…despite availability of cost-effective treatments, many municipalities, property managers, and homeowners continue to rationalize tree removal as the only viable management strategy for EAB. This is based on erroneous beliefs that tree removal slows the spread of EAB, or that treatment is not effective, economical, or environmentally sound. Current science supports conservation via treatment as a sensible and effective tool for managing healthy ash trees in urban settings. In many cases, tree conservation is economically and environmentally superior to tree removal.”
As the stewards of your trees, it is our job to help you manage the Emerald Ash Borer on your property. If you are unsure if you have an ash tree, or would like a professional opinion about which trees to protect please call your certified arborist today. We can help identify your trees, determine if there are any significant problems, and help you prioritize the solutions needed to meet your landscape goals.
Treatments are effective – don’t let removal be your only option for managing the Emerald Ash Borer.
Latest News on Emerald Ash Borer
Survey of City of Chicago’s Ash Trees Indicates Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Has Reached A “Tipping Point”
Audio: National Public Radio – Emerald Ash Borer Threatens 8 Billion Trees
Video: Emerald Ash Borer chosen as Terrestrial Terror of Great Lakes region
Video: Naperville NCTV17 Video report on the Emerald Ash Borer
Video: Angie’s List – Fighting Emerald Ash Borer
Illinois Department of Agriculture: Emerald Ash Borer Page
Barrington Fights Emerald Ash Borer
Ash Borers Put 3,000 Lake Zurich Trees at Risk
Ash borer found at Hobson West Ponds in Naperville, IL
Home owners warned of spreading ash borer in Naperville, IL
Maryland Department of Agriculture ramps up EAB survey activities
New York State requests you learn to spot Emerald Ash Borer & report infestations
Wood debris from Irene concerns ash borer experts
Western NY firewood scarce from import restrictions due to Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer found in two more Illinois counties
Detection and Prevention
Study: In the past decade, money spent slowing EAB spread is cost effective
Officials Hope Wasp might have Slowed Spread of Emerald Ash Borer
New Weapon in EAB Detection Found
Foresters hope tiny wasp can fight the emerald ash borer beetle
What happens when purple Emerald Ash Borer traps are taken down for study
Where is the Emerald Ash Borer?
Below is a map that shows the current spread of EAB as of August 1, 2012. Click the map to get more detailed information on your state.