Contact Ronda York to Register at City Office 402-358-3557
May 11, 2016
Nebraska Forest Service
May 26 Workshop Focus on Future of City’s Ash Trees
Creighton – Emerald ash borer is being discussed more often by people in Nebraska these days. Information about this new and very destructive pest is being shared by city offices through meetings of municipalities, arborist associations and the Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) workshops and it is also being discussed among tree workers and homeowners that are learning about the Emerald ash borer moving through eastern states and leaving a wide area of devastation and many tree-lined streets now treeless. To help address some of these concerns a “Coffee with a Forester” workshop is being held on May 26, 6-8 pm at the City Hall in Creighton, 809 Main Street.
The emerald ash borer or EAB as it is often called, is a native of Asia and has already devastated entire ash populations in many Midwestern and eastern cities. Since 2002 when it was discovered, the insect has moved across 25 states and now infested areas border Nebraska on three sides (Kansas, Iowa and Colorado), making it highly likely that EAB will be found in Nebraska soon.
In Nebraska communities, ash species, including green and white ash, can often comprise 10-15% of the entire tree population, which means for every 6-10 trees, one is an ash. Rachel Allison, forest health specialist, asks residents to consider what their town would look like without the ash trees. “Imagine in some areas if all of those ash trees succumbed to the emerald ash borer.” Allison describes that a major impact would be that several streets would no longer be shaded, leading to higher costs to cool our homes and businesses.
Jan Jorgenson, a member of the Creighton Tree Board who is hosting the event to participate in EAB Awareness Week, states “It is time that we let our residents know how EAB is going to affect our trees.” During the Coffee with a Forester workshop we will go outside and wrap ash trees to let people know which ones are the focus on this topic; “Which trees are ash?” is a concern she hears, explains Jorgensen.
Some key points for planning for the arrival of EAB include:
- How many ash trees are in my community?
- Are treatment options available, and what trees can be treated and saved?
- Where will a marshalling yard be set up to handle the tree debris for homeowners and city trees?
- Where can I go for help?
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The impacts of EAB can be mitigated by beginning a tree inventory to note the current diversity of tree species, planning ahead to spread out removal costs and by planting other varieties of trees now.
To help answers some of these questions, the Coffee with a Forester workshop will be held in Creighton to learn about EAB, identify and wrap ash trees to know which ones can be infested, plan for its arrival and learn how to prepare and minimize the costs to the city and homeowners. Forester Rachel Allison will be on hand to review the information about EAB and will talk about planting shade trees in anticipation of keeping Creighton’s forest canopy intact. To wrap up the workshop we will move on to Bruce Park Arboretum to plant two shade trees. Everyone from the surrounding area is welcome.
Please call to register for the “Coffee with a Forester” workshop by contacting Ronda York with the City of Creighton at 402-358-3557.