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The City of Dallas Announces a Draft Emerald Ash Borer Action Plan

An Emerald Ash Borer on an Ash tree leaf.

Published March 16, 2022 By THE CITY OF DALLAS

The City of Dallas Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Action Plan has been developed to provide a citywide coordinated response to the potential adverse effects of EAB.

The Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a destructive non‐native wood‐boring pest of ash trees (Fraxinus spp.). Native to Asia, the Emerald Ash Borer beetle was unknown in North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002. All native ash species are susceptible to the beetle. Ash trees with low population densities of EAB often have few or no external symptoms of infestation. EAB is a significant threat to urban, suburban and rural forests as it kills both stressed and healthy ash trees. EAB is very aggressive and ash trees may die within two or three years after they become infested.

The EAB Action Plan’s primary goal is to provide procedures for a response prior to and when the EAB is identified in the City of Dallas. This effort will aim to effectively communicate with the community on steps Dallas residents can take to mitigate impacts.

Although the beetle has not been found within Dallas County, the City is developing the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Action Plan to minimize possible effects of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on our tree canopy and urban Forest.

The proposed plan online to facilitate public feedback and is accepting written feedback. The public is encouraged to view the proposed City of Dallas Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Action Plan- Select Article PDF below to Download Document

Comment Cards must be received by April 30, 2022. Visit the City of Dallas website if you would like to download the comment card for submission. Comment cards can be submitted by email to:, or mailed to: Dallas Water Utilities, Stormwater Operations, 1500 Marilla, 4AN, C/O Hannah Todd, Dallas, TX  75201

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