Here is some information about the emerald ash borer, sent from the Elise Schadler with the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation:
I’m the Program Manager with the VT Urban & Community Forestry Program within the VT Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. Unfortunately, emerald ash borer (EAB), has been confirmed in West Rutland. This means that your municipalities (along with West Rutland and Rutland City, who I’ve also spoken to) are now within the “Confirmed Infested Area”, a 5-mile radius around the known infested site. You can view the most up to date map here.
Our program is reaching out to town leadership in all municipalities within the new infestation area to inform and share resources.
EAB is an invasive insect that attacks and kills 99% all 3 species of ash found in Vermont. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. EAB has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America since it was discovered in 2002. The first EAB infestation was confirmed in Vermont in 2018 and is now in 10 VT counties. We encourage you to explore and to post a link to the VTInsasvies.org EAB page on your town website so that residents are aware of where to go for information and resources.
We encourage all Vermont towns to prepare for and manage the impacts of EAB and the loss of ash trees in our communities. Dead and dying ash trees along the public right-of-way and in public places, such as parks and schools, pose a risk to public safety. The loss of ash trees will leave gaps, impacting the ecological, economic, and aesthetic benefits provided by the urban forest. Municipalities will bear the responsibility and costs of removing and/or treating public ash trees, as well as any replanting efforts. View community planning resources.
I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about this insect or any of the resources provided.
Thank you for your time and, again, sorry to be the bearer of this unfortunate news!
|ELISE SCHADLER | Program Manager
VT Urban & Community Forestry Program
Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation