Emerald ash borer, an invasive insect from Asia, was found over two years ago in Vermont. Since that time it has been located in a number of other places, but overall damage has been localized and relatively low. Ash trees are important to our forests, towns, and riversides, and comprise 5% of all the trees in Vermont. We can reduce damage from EAB to our woodlands, communities, and businesses by continuing to learn and applying best practices.
Here are a few facts you should know and some things to consider:
- Don’t listen to advice to cut all your ash trees now. Recent research shows white ash can survive at much higher rates than previously thought. If you are wondering how to react to the news of EAB in VT, have a look at these recommendations.
- Before you do anything, those within the infested area should contact their county forester for advice and to make sure they maintain compliance with the Current Use Program. Find your county forester here.
- If you are within the infested area, and your forest is being logged, be sure to follow these recommendations for the movement of forest products harvested within the Infested Area to other locations within the federal EAB quarantine boundary, which includes the rest of Vermont.
- If you own forestland, here are recommendations (PDF) to slow the spread of EAB.
- Although the emerald ash borer kills all species of ash trees it infests, trees don’t die immediately.
- You can help by learning how to detect signs of emerald ash borer, and reporting any potential sightings to vtinvasives.org using the “Report It!” button at the bottom of the page. Not sure how to identify ash trees? Learn more and see photos here.
- DO NOT MOVE FIREWOOD – Buy or harvest your firewood as close to where you burn it as possible. Moving wood between locations can transport the insect or its larvae, speeding its spread.
- If you own VLT-conserved land, feel free to reach out to your local VLT forester for information, and please keep VLT updated on your plans. Also, if you’d like to learn more about setting up a monitoring plot on your land to track EAB progress and ash health, please email Jack Minich, VLT’s VHCB AmeriCorps Land Management Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plots will be set up in the late-spring and early summer of 2021.
Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org