2017 Emerald Ash Borer comes to
New Jersey Destroying Ash Trees
Millions of N.J. trees are going to die ...
Stephen Stirling | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
An extinction-level event is slowly unfolding in New Jersey, one that will profoundly change the state's landscape, do upwards of $2.7 billion in damage and potentially dampen property values in towns across the state.
The perpetrator is the size of a penny, and, at this point, there is little that can be done to stop it.
The emerald ash borer has decimated ash tree populations across the midwest as it slowly plods its way across the country. It's spread to at least half of New Jersey and experts seem resigned to the fact that the state's ash trees' days are numbered as a result.
Ash trees are one of the most prolific flora in New Jersey. The federal government estimates there are at 24 million ash trees growing wild in New Jersey and state foresters believe there could be just as many lining the streets and backyards of state municipalities.
But because the torpedo-shaped green beetle is virtually undetectable before its larvae hollow out the inner bark of their host tree, promising a swift death, there's little that can be done to stop its spread.
Foresters say it appears all but inevitable that ash trees, at least in the common context we know them today, will be all but a memory in New Jersey before long.
What can you do?
Yoo recommends trying to identify ash trees on your property and hiring a tree expert to go over options with you. There are treatments that prevent against emerald ash bore, but more often than not the best option is to remove and replace an existing tree.
"Nobody really has the luxury to sit and wait. The emerald ash bore doesn't care," she said. "Your window of time to do anything really is very small at this point. You have two to four years to figure it out."
For Your Information
What is a NEW JERSEY CERTIFIED TREE EXPERT?
A New Jersey Certified Tree Expert, as defined by the NJ Board of Tree Experts is:
"A person who possesses an extensive knowledge about trees and tree care; who has kept abreast of new information and tree care techniques;
who meets the statutory requirements; passes the NJ certified tree expert exam, and is in good
standing with the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts."
HIRE A NJ CERTIFIED TREE EXPERT WORK ON YOUR TREES: Look for the CTE #
Did you Know?
New Jersey has two state trees; the Red oak, designated in
1950 as the official state tree, and the White Dogwood, adopted in
1951 as the state memorial tree.
Courtesy of New Jersey Forest Services