City battle plan for Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer (EAB) has silently waged war on Clarksville ash trees for two years now after its official confirmation in the city in June 2017.

     At the council meeting on Monday night, city officials hatched their battle plan on the advice of Trees Forever volunteer Meredith Borchardt. Thirty ash trees will come down each year for the next five years, leaving the borers nothing to eat and nowhere to hide—at least on city property.

     The worst of the battle isn’t here yet. Emerald Ash Borer arrived in Detroit in 2002, and since has ravaged ash tree populations throughout Michigan and Illinois, working its way west.

     The borers behave predictably. During the first couple years, the number of dead trees is always low (as in Clarksville now). But the lull is deceiving, and once everyone has let their guard down and settled into a peaceful life surrounded by the borers, they strike the death blow on ash trees. The number of arboreal casualties starts ramping up in the third year.



Read more in the May 9 edition of the STAR.



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