The first important step in Forest Pest Planning is to inventory ash trees along town right-of-ways and within town centers.
The Vermont Forest Pest Planning Case Studies were developed to share the process that nine Vermont communities undertook to inventory their town’s ash trees and develop an Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan. These towns varied widely in population, size, and resources, which makes each town’s experience and lessons learned unique.
- All nine towns accessed a five hundred dollar incentive provided by VT UCF.
- None of the towns have paid staff to care for their urban forests and roadside trees.
- The planning and inventory efforts were spearheaded by dedicated volunteers and community members (Forest Pest First Detectors, SOUL Tree Stewards, Tree Wardens, Conservation Commission members).
- The lessons learned from these nine communities are summarized in the document: Vermont Forest Pest Planning: Lessons Learned