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Posted on: November 15, 2019

Emerald Ash Borer Recently Discovered in Amherst

Ash tree trunk and leaves

The presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been officially discovered in the Amherst area. A private tree company working in the downtown Amherst area recently discovered evidence of an EAB infestation on private property. Based on the extent of the infestation, it appears that it may have been present for at least 4 years in this area.

The EAB specifically impacts ash trees. The Town of Amherst plans to monitor and treat high value public landscape and shade trees for the EAB as necessary. Treatment will likely take place in the Spring season if indicated.

If you suspect that you have ash trees on your property affected by the EAB, Amherst Tree Warden Alan Snow recommends that property owners consult a certified arborist to discuss management options. Snow also suggests avoiding moving ash firewood or materials from location to location to help slow the spread of EAB.

To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer in Massachusetts please visit this online resource: https://www.mass.gov/guides/emerald-ash-borer-in-massachusetts

If you have questions regarding EAB in Amherst, please email treewarden@amherstma.gov

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