CHATHAM, NJ - Resident Fran Drew came before the Borough of Chatham Council on Monday night to warn residents of the dangers of the Emerald Ash Borer insect, which has made its way into New Jersey.
According to research gathered by Drew, a member of the Shade Tree Commission, Fort Wayne, Ind., lost 5,000 ash trees in 2012, and there are 7.5 billion ash trees in North America that could be damaged or killed by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The borer will attack all species of ash, including the most common - white, black and green ash trees.
"It has killed 50 to 100 million ash trees so far," said Drew in her written statement presented to the council. "There are three different insecticides that will work if applied before the EAB attacks the tree. And the cost is far less ($15 to $45) per tree than the cost of removing the dead tree.
Drew urges a three-step plan to prevent the borer from killing ash trees in Chatham and the surrounding area.
1-Identify whether there is an ash tree on your property
2-Consult an arborist or NJ Certified Tree Expert.
3-Educate friends and neighbors.
One specialist to contact is Jeff Picher, an arborist and tree health care expert, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 973-207-1443.