Emerald Ash Borer Management

Emerald ash borer (EAB) was first confirmed in Vermont in February 2018.  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. Learn more about the impact of EAB on the USDA APHIS story map.

Stay up to date by visiting VTinvasives.org and signing up for the EAB Updates Listserv.

Municipal Planning Resources

Municipal Ash Management Strategy Overview
Emerald Ash Borer Management Worksheet for Vermont Communities
Managing EAB in your Municipality: FAQs
Ash Inventory Options
EAB Municipal Management Case Studies
Vermont Forest Pest Planning Case Studies
Urban Wood Utilization
Recommendations to Slow the Spread of EAB
Dead Ash Dangers and Considerations for Risk and Removal (webinar recording)
Municipal Management & Preparedness for Emerald Ash Borer (recorded presentation)

Insecticide Treatment Resources

Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer with Insecticide Treatments
Ash Tree Protection Services Contact List (September 2021)

Frequently Asked Questions: Insecticide Applications to Protect Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer
Vermont Agency of Agriculture's Certified Pesticide Applicator Database 
FAQs on the Potential Side Effects of Systemic Insecticides
Multistate EAB Factsheet: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer

Budgeting Resources

EAB Cost Calculator
EAB Management Cost Calculator

Rough estimates on costs

Ash tree removals: $18.33/inch DBH or $155-$3500/tree (many factors determine per tree cost)

Stump grinding: $6.50/inch DBH or $125-250/tree

Replacement tree planting: $100-$600/tree (many factors determine planting cost)

Insecticide treatment: $3 - $15/DBH inch every other year (lower cost estimates if application is done by town staff that hold pesticide applicator certification) ​

Resources for Private Landowners and Homeowners

Homeowners Guide to Emerald Ash Borer
Information for Landowners
Ash Tree Identification
Submit information about black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

Information on EAB in Vermont

Infested Area Map
EAB Identification
EAB in Vermont: Focus on Forests (recorded presentation)

Examples of Vermont EAB Preparedness and Management Plans

Bradford (Survey map)
Burlington: video overview of EAB management approach
Essex (Town) 
Essex Junction
Northfield (draft)

Examples of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for Ash Removals, Letters to Landowners, and other special notices

Charlotte: RFP for ash tree removal along Lake Road, spring 2019
Charlotte: Notice of Public Hearing to Consider the Removal of Ash Trees, spring 2019
Charlotte: Letter to landowners regarding the Public Hearing to Consider the Removal of Ash Trees, spring 2019
Charlotte: RFP for ash tree removals, spring 2020
East Montpelier: RFP packet for ash tree removals including landowner letters, spring 2020
Essex: RFP for urban ash tree removals, fall 2020
Essex: RFP for rural ash tree removals, fall 2020
Richmond: RFP for treatment, removals, and replanting, spring 2021

Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) - EAB special provisions for contracted services, 2019

Resources from other states

Worksheet and Flow Chart for Community Planning from Connecticut Urban Forest Council

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources EAB Management

Onondaga County (NY) Ash Tree Management Strategy: a good example of a comprehensive regional plan

For assistance with roadside ash inventory and mapping, plan editing and review, and outreach and education contact Joanne Garton, our Technical Assistance Coordinator.