Crop & Pest Report

Accessibility


| Share

Green Banding on Ash Trees (05/25/17)

Communities across the state are participating in Emerald Ash Borer Awareness week by placing bright green bands on a sampling of their municipal ash trees. Each band has a printed message along with a QR code that links smart phones to information at www.ndinvasives.org.

Green Banding on Ash Trees

Communities across the state are johnson.lezlee.2participating in Emerald Ash Borer Awareness week by placing bright green bands on a sampling of their municipal ash trees.  Each band has a printed message along with a QR code that links smart phones to information at www.ndinvasives.org

Emerald ash borer (EAB) has not been discovered in North Dakota as of this publication date, but is already in 30 states, including Minnesota.  Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is organized by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA), the North Dakota Forest Service (NDFS) and the NDSU Extension Service.  EAB only spreads about a half-mile on its own, but reaches new areas by hitchhiking on nursery stock and on wood products like firewood.  Awareness campaigns like this one are effective in encouraging individuals to take action by using local firewood and avoiding moving firewood over long distances.  Infested states have lost millions of ash trees.

In 2017 city foresters and a company contracted by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will place more than 800 EAB traps in cities, state parks, recreation areas, campgrounds, rest stops, county fairgrounds and other areas of high risk. The two-foot-long, three-sided, purple traps are baited with a lure attractive to emerald ash borers. Green funnel traps will also be placed this year in nine locations. The traps will be monitored through the summer during the adult flight period.

Lezlee Johnson

North Dakota Forest Service

Forest Health Manager

Creative Commons License
Feel free to use and share this content, but please do so under the conditions of our Creative Commons license and our Rules for Use. Thanks.