A NEW THREAT TO VERMONT TREES
In the 20th century foreign diseases decimated two species of forest trees in the US - the chestnut blight killed the American chestnut tree, Dutch elm disease later wiped out the American elm tree. Neither species has completely recovered. Today we are faced with a third scourge: the emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB is a small, emerald green insect, native to Asia that was first found in Michigan in 2002. It is believed EAB arrived in packing crates made of infested wood. Since 2002 it has spread to 34 states and four Canadian provinces, killing hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. In February of this year EAB was discovered outside of Randolph, Vermont in Orange County. It has now been discovered in Caledonia and Washington Counties.
Ash trees make up close to eight percent of Vermont’s trees. Altogether there are approximately 160 million white, green and black ash trees in the state. When EAB arrives in Middlebury the impact will most likely be significant. The infestation and subsequent loss of these shade trees will affect aesthetics, create hazards, lead to increased costs and affect local ecology. Therefore the more prepared and proactive we can be, the better.
Below are a series of FAQs and suggested sites where you can easily find additional information.
• What does EAB look like?
A Visual Guide to Detecting Emerald Ash Borer Damage
• How do I know if I have ash trees on my property?
Ash Tree Identification Guide
• What are the signs and symptoms of EAB infestation?
Homeowner's Guide to Emerald Ash Borer
• What do I do if I think I’ve found EAB on my property?
Emerald Ash Borer Information Network - Reporting EAB
• Does the Town of Middlebury have a plan to deal with EAB and ash trees in the
Middlebury Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Plan
Middlebury Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Plan Presentation