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A map of the Emerald Ash Borer's distribution in the lower 48 United States. Map provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Emerald Ash Borers- The City of Dallas Has a Draft Plan

The owner of Arborilogical Services, Steve Houser has been pushing the City of Dallas to develop a plan of action for the invasive Emerald Ash Borer for quite some time. And, now they have one. The City of Dallas Emerald Ash Borer Action Plan's purpose is to effectively prevent and control Emerald Ash Borer infestations for both pre-and post-infestation. Learn more about the city's pre-infestation strategy and the goals it hopes will be accomplished, followed by their planned response once Emerald Ash Borers are detected.

Though we cannot prevent Emerald Ash Borers from entering Dallas and its surrounding communities, with the right plan of action we can reduce the negative impact they have on our urban forest.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive beetle and on its way to Dallas.

Invasive Beetles In Dallas: Emerald Ash Borers Are Latest Threat to Trinity Forest

UPDATE: In May 2022, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found to be in Dallas County. It is now in Tarrant, Denton, Parker, and Dallas Counties.

This January article in The Dallas Morning News highlights the devastation the EAB can cause to the Great Trinity Forest as well as private and public properties where Ash trees are found. The City of Dallas can implement a plan that will help reduce their impact. Organic treatments are not currently effective and chemical treatments are a prohibitive solution for an urban forest the size of the Great Trinity (which is made up of up to 40% Ash trees), three experts and a city official are calling for a plan of action.

Responsible action now to implement a borer action plan will head off larger problems later.

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