The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive beetle that infests and kills native Ash trees. Dozens of Ash trees in our community have already been infested and are dying at alarming rates. Once an ash tree dies, it should be removed quickly if the tree would pose a danger should it fall or lose a branch. This is because ash trees become brittle and unstable soon after they die.
The Town has begun to identify dead and infested Ash trees on Town property that must be removed as a safety measure. We will begin to remove dead trees along East and West Brookside Drive next week. Trees that have been identified for removal have a green dot spray painted on the trunk.
If you believe you have an Ash tree on your property that is infested, or have noticed increased woodpecker holes in an ash tree, have it evaluated by a tree professional. If the tree is removed, the tree must be chipped to 1-inch or smaller pieces to prevent the spread of the beetle.
Consider Replanting: Trees play an important role in the beauty and health of our community. We need to increase the tree canopy in the Town. Consider making a donation to the Town’s Tree Fund. Information on making contributions to the Trees for Our Town Program can be found here:
Additional information on identifying Ash trees and Emerald Ash Borer beetles can be found in the links below: