May 22nd - 28th is National Emerald Ash Borer Awareness week! Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive beetle that harms and kills ash trees. EAB has been found in Bridgton and Lovell! All of Maine's ash trees are at risk of injury & death. There's a lot at stake if we lose all of our ash trees: loss of a food source for wildlife, ~$320 million dollar impact to forest landowners, and the loss of brown ash, which is a key material for basketmaking - an important cultural tradition of the Wabanaki people.
What can YOU do to help stop the spread of EAB and manage your ash trees?
🔴 DON'T MOVE FIREWOOD! Buy it where you burn it. All of Cumberland County & parts of Oxford County are in a regulated quarantine zone, meaning you cannot transport non heat-treated hardwood out of the quarantine zone.
🔴 Do you have ash trees on your property? Learn how to ID them and keep an eye out for signs of EAB.
🔴 The State of Maine has compiled some great resources to help landowners make decisions about any ash on their property. These publications may be helpful: Information for Maine Landowners, Ash Treatment Guide