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Emerald Ash Borer

Information Regarding the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer reached the Kansas City area in late July 2012.  To our knowledge, the borer has not yet reached Mission Hills.  The Emerald Ash Borer has killed more than 50 million U.S. Ash trees in the last 10 years.  Although the Emerald Ash Borer can fly short distances on its own, much of its spread is due to humans transporting it in firewood, logs and tree debris.  Experts are urging consumers to use other native tree species, rather than Ash trees, in their landscape plantings and to purchase firewood harvested near their destination.

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Johnson County (July 2013)
As confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been detected in Johnson County, KS.  The City has an inventory of approximately 350 Ash street trees (those trees located within the first 10 feet of the back of the curb, as well as trees located on islands).  This inventory does not include private Ash trees.  Based on the inventory information, the City is formulating a plan for removal of “Poor” quality trees with continued monitoring, pruning and possible treatment of trees in “Fair” and “Good” condition.  The City anticipates consultations with the City Arborist on private Ash trees will be in high demand.  If you would like to schedule a consultation for your private trees with the City Arborist you may call City Hall, but there is likely to be a significant waiting list for this service.  For quicker service, residents might consider contacting a private arborist for consulting on this matter.  Treatment of private trees is a private matter as long as infestation of the EAB has not been detected on a resident’s property.  The presence of the EAB on your property could result in the City issuing an order to remove private Ash trees to prevent the spread of the EAB to healthy Ash trees.

Emerald Ash Borer Found in JOCO News Release

Frequently Asked Questions about the Emerald Ash Borer

Information from the “Don’t Move Firewood” campaign

Kansas Department of Agriculture information

Emerald Ash Borer CSI