With Arbor Day only a month away, it’s time to think about planning how we can celebrate trees and their ability to provide our neighborhoods with clean air, shaded streets, and aesthetic value. This year, why not consider joining our Arbor Day ash tree tagging project! Spearheaded by the Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), the goal of this project is to get as many organizations as possible to tag at least one ash tree to spread the word about Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
EAB is an invasive tree-killing beetle from Asia that feeds on ash trees (Fraxinus spp.), a common component of our urban forests and rural woodlands. First detected in Massachusetts in 2012, established EAB infestations have now been confirmed in more than ten communities across four counties in our state (Berkshire, Essex, Suffolk, and Worcester). Infested ash trees die in 3-5 years, in many cases becoming hazards to people and property as dead trees decay and fall apart.
If you have ash trees in your town and want to help raise awareness about the impact of Emerald Ash Borer this Arbor Day (April 29th), MDAR is offering free Tree Tagging Kits to interested groups. The kits come with tags printed on high-visibility green plastic board, flagging tape to tie them onto trees, and a tip sheet to get the most out of your tagging efforts. Through raising awareness of the impact of Emerald Ash Borer, we hope to foster early detection of this pest, something that will provide communities with the time needed to prepare for the EAB’s arrival and make important decisions about how to manage their ash trees. To submit a request for a free kit, visit http://bit.ly/outreachreq.