Emerald Ash Borer Information and Resources

* * October 2, 2019 * * 
EAB Public Information Meeting


In the 20th century foreign diseases decimated two species of forest trees in the US - the chestnut blight killed the American chestnut tree, Dutch elm disease later wiped out the American elm tree. Neither species has completely recovered. Today we are faced with a third scourge: the emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB is a small, emerald green insect, native to Asia that was first found in Michigan in 2002. It is believed EAB arrived in packing crates made of infested wood. Since 2002 it has spread to 35 states and five Canadian provinces, killing hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. In February of 2018 EAB was discovered outside of Randolph, Vermont in Orange County. It has now been discovered in Caledonia, Washington, Grand Isle, Bennington, and most recently, Addison Counties.

Ash trees make up close to eight percent of Vermont’s trees. Altogether there are 
approximately 160 million white, green and black ash trees in the state. When EAB arrives in Middlebury the impact will likely be significant. The infestation and 
subsequent loss of these shade trees will affect aesthetics, create hazards, lead to increased costs and affect local ecology. Therefore the more prepared and proactive we can be, the better.

* NEW * EAB Information Posters June 2019

Below are a series of FAQs and suggested sites where you can easily find additional information.

•  Where Is There EAB Infestation in Vermont? 
   * NEW* Areas of EAB Infestation in Vermont (updated 6.5.19)

What does EAB look like?
   A Visual Guide to Detecting EAB
   * NEW * Insects in Vermont That May Be Confused with EAB

How do I know if I have ash trees on my property?
   Ash Tree Identification Guide

What are the signs and symptoms of EAB infestation?
Homeowner's Guide to Emerald Ash Borer

What do I do if I think I’ve found EAB on my property? 
   * NEW * 
In Vermont — call the National EAB Hotline at (866) 322-4512, or contact your County Forester

Does the Town of Middlebury have a plan to deal with EAB and ash trees in the
   public right-of-
   * NEW * Middlebury Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan (Updated June 2019)
   * NEW * Middlebury Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Plan Presentation (Updated June 2019)