Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Village of Bellevue Launches Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Program

More than 1,068 public ash trees located on village boulevards and park properties are destined for infestation by Emerald Ash Borer.

The Village of Bellevue is launching a campaign to help village residents understand the changes that Emerald Ash Borer will soon bring to our village’s urban forest.

Boulevard and park ash trees around Bellevue will be wrapped with informational green ribbons in the month of April. Trees will be wrapped by volunteers from Friends of Bellevue Parks. The ribbons alert residents that, “Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Kills Ash Trees”! The ash trees that will be wrapped with green ribbon have not been identified as being infested with EAB. However, as EAB is quickly spreading across the state of Wisconsin, it is inevitable that all ash trees will become infested with EAB and eventually die. This approaching loss of ash trees will cause a drastic change to Bellevue's tree population and has led the Village to develop a proactive canopy "buddy tree" plan that will assist with the impact of canopy loss.

The Village’s "buddy tree" plan reduces the impact of canopy loss while growing a diverse and strong forest for future generations. The Village intends to lessen the impact of losses by planting trees near public ash trees that may need to be cut down in the future. The Village will first focus on planning "buddy trees" in neighborhoods with a high concentration of ash trees.  Rather than planting the same type of replacement tree across the Village, Bellevue will plant a variety of trees on any given street block.  A community planting day has been scheduled in May.

If you would like to learn more about EAB. Sign up for the following workshop:

EAB and Treatment Options Workshop - FREE
Learn to identify emerald ash borer, the killer bug that destroyed millions of ash trees in Midwest and was discovered in the city of Green Bay in 2009. Vijai Pandian, UW Horticulture Extension agent will present on various home owners treatment options on how to prevent and control this exotic bug affecting your ash trees.  Preregister by May 1, 2015
Date:         Monday, May 11, 2015
Time:        6:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost:         FREE
Location:  Bellevue Village Hall / Public Safety Building 3100 Eaton Road 

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EAB project funded in part by an Urban Forestry Grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forestry Program as authorized under S.23.097, Wisconsin Statutes. EAB workshop is made possible by a partnership with UW Extension.  Classes are open to residents and non-residents.