The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect from Asia, has been found in Orange Plainfield, Groton, and Barre, Vermont. We are saddened by this news, since ash trees are important to Vermont’s forests, towns, and riversides, and comprise 5% of the trees in our state. Yet we are hopeful that with engagement and professional response, we can curb the damage that this insect will inflict on our forests, communities, and businesses.
Here are a few facts you should know and some things to consider:
- 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.
- Don’t listen to advice to cut all your ash trees now. 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. The insects won’t emerge until May. Find your county forester here.
- 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.
Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org