The week of September 12 – 19 has been designated as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in Vermont. The week is part of a nationwide effort to raise public understanding of an invasive forest pest that has destroyed millions of ash trees in the U.S. This wood-boring beetle, first found in Vermont in 2018, is now confirmed in eight Vermont counties. Experience in Midwestern states has shown that once this pest is detected in an area, unless treated with insecticides, the majority of ash trees will become infested and die within a decade. State and local agencies are working hard to slow the spread of the borer to give municipalities, private landowners, and forest products businesses time and resources to prepare for the demise of many ash trees.
The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets and University of Vermont Extension, encourages Vermonters of all ages to get involved by spreading awareness on social media, organizing a neighborhood ash tree tagging campaign, or planning a COVID-safe community EAB activity during the month of September.
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If you have questions about Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, or if you are planning an event, please contact Ginger Nickerson, UVM Extension Forest Pest Educator, at Ginger.Nickerson@uvm.edu.