The risk status for emerald ash borer was changed yesterday to low activity. This is a great time of year to inspect your ash trees and prune or remove any branches, stumps, or trees.
Forest landowners who have a stewardship plan for their ash stands may be preparing for a harvest to reduce the percentage of ash on their property. If you don’t have a management plan for your ash, consider the Minnesota DNR’s Forest Stewardship Program for advice and possible financial assistance for your woods. Healthy trees are easier to harvest, may be worth more, and don’t pose fall threats to people, animals, or structures on your property. Managing ash before EAB arrives in your area will give you more time to plan ahead and keep your land forested. Consult the Ash Management Guidelines to learn more information about managing ash on wooded property.
Homeowners in or near quarantined counties might consider removing ash trees during this low activity period. Send logs and debris to the nearest ash tree waste disposal site to be processed before May 1. Remember, if you live in a quarantined county, wood may not be moved outside of the quarantined area.
If you suspect that your tree may be infested with EAB, contact Arrest the Pest. They will confirm whether EAB is present, and advise you on next steps.