The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a non-native insect pest that kills all species of Ash trees, has now been found in Princeton as well as in surrounding counties. This highly destructive insect has killed millions of Ash trees including many trees in our area. Princeton has formulated an EAB management plan for its approximately 1,800 Ash street trees; the plan includes tree removal and selective treatment. There is growing evidence that the White Fringetree is infested by the EAB as well.
Recommendations for EAB Control
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection State Forestry Services recommends:
Identify Ash trees - Ash species have opposite branches and leaves and a compound leaf with 5 to 11 leaflets. The bark on older trees has a unique diamond-shaped ridge bark, but younger trees may have smoother bark.
Monitor your Ash trees for the Emerald Ash Borer - You will know when the risk of mortality becomes urgent. Look for dying branches at the top of the tree, woodpecker damage, galleries under the bark, d-shaped holes, bark splits, sprouting at tree base and along trunk and green adult beetles.
Use traps to detect the Emerald Ash Borer in your community or woodlot. If the Emerald Ash Borer is in the area, it will be attracted to these purple prism traps.
Spread the message: don't move firewood! Visitors who bring infested firewood to second homes or campgrounds near you put your trees at risk. Use only locally sourced or certified firewood. (More information on firewood (PDF).)