Managing EAB Infested Ash: A One-Day Workshop for Municipal Staff and Arborists

Date and Time:

September 8, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm



First detected in Vermont in 2018, emerald ash borer (EAB) is now confirmed or at high risk of being in present in parts of all 14 counties in Vermont. Ash trees infested with emerald ash borer become brittle, snap unpredictably along branches or the trunk, and shatter upon hitting the ground. Over 99% of all native species of ash trees may succumb to emerald ash borer infestation.

The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program and local hosts in Essex and Montpelier invite public works employees, road foremen and crews, arborists, parks staff, and other municipal land and vegetation managers to a day-long workshop with Emmett Shutts, Regional Arborist Skills Trainer for Davey Tree Experts, to learn more about the skills and safety standards needed to address ash trees infested with emerald ash borer.


This is a single day event, offered at two locations. Workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. Please select just 1 location (below) to register!

September 8th, 8am-3pm

Town Office, 81 Main Street; Essex Junction

Register for Sept. 8: Essex

About the Event

The workshop will include an indoor discussion about ash tree identification, signs and symptoms of emerald ash borer, and the current status of EAB in Vermont.

Outdoors, the group will:

  • learn how to assess and plan for removal ash trees that are visibly infested or suspected to be infested with EAB, including establishment of escape routes and communication channels;
  • review safety standards, best practices, and considerations for both ground crews and chainsaw operators; and
  • assess individual trees on site and discuss best removal methods, including felling from the ground, hiring a climbing crew, or utilizing a bucket truck or crane for tree removal

Who Should Attend?

Priority will be given to municipal staff that actively manage trees; remaining space will be allocated to other municipal land managers or decision makers interested in learning more about the costs and effects of emerald ash borer on publicly managed ash trees. Space is limited to 30 participants per workshop.

Participant Information

Participants will not be using chainsaws but will observe the instructor demonstrating safe felling practices and different cutting and felling hinges. Personal protective equipment required including a helmet, eye protection, and gloves.

Lunch is not included. Participants must bring their own lunch.


The event will follow all state guidance regarding COVID-19 as current on the date of the workshops. For questions about this event, contact Joanne Garton, VT UCF Technical Assistance Coordinator, or 802-249-4217.