The Village of Homewood Emerald Ash Borer Management

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The Village of Homewood Emerald Ash Borer Management A Recapitulation 2002 -2013

The Village of Homewood Emerald Ash Borer Management A Recapitulation 2002 -2013

Emerald Ash Borer-EAB Initial reports came out of Michigan 2002 • Unknown insect was

Emerald Ash Borer-EAB Initial reports came out of Michigan 2002 • Unknown insect was killing ash trees • Thousands of trees had been lost • Remedy at that time was to “sanitize” buffers of ash for two miles • Homewood begins info sharing with elected officials and residents.

Homewood’s location a concern – within 10 years it was expected that EAB would

Homewood’s location a concern – within 10 years it was expected that EAB would be here. • Near corridors of transportation – Highways/toll booths – Rail – Cal Sag • Near states of known infestation – Campers and vacationers • Near wood processors, manufacturers and users of all things ash derived

The Homewood process • Halted all ash planting Tree. Share In-house Contractual • Began

The Homewood process • Halted all ash planting Tree. Share In-house Contractual • Began systematic search for EAB during regular maintenance • Began educating a region • Expanded dialog with State and Federal agencies • Spoke with media • Articles in Village Key began • Worked with researchers regarding detection • Began research regarding methods of management • Tabulated numbers of everything = sound decisions

Preparation • Homewood drove training – Helped develop a new felling method in urban

Preparation • Homewood drove training – Helped develop a new felling method in urban areas and gained national attention for it • Problem solving • Communications

November, 2007 EAB found in Homewood Developed a plan of action/management plan • examined

November, 2007 EAB found in Homewood Developed a plan of action/management plan • examined every aspect of management and costs Implemented strategy in spring of 2008 Began cutting November, 2008 2582 ash

Outreach • City Trees (3) – international publications • WBEZ national public radio •

Outreach • City Trees (3) – international publications • WBEZ national public radio • Numerous newspaper articles • State/multi-state panels – Wood Utilization Team – Community Readiness Team – Reforestation consultation • Local, State and Federal assistance

Assistance given by Homewood: State Foresters of: Minnesota Wisconsin South Dakota North Dakota New

Assistance given by Homewood: State Foresters of: Minnesota Wisconsin South Dakota North Dakota New Mexico Missouri Illinois Indiana Maine Maryland Wyoming Iowa District Forester from: Manitoba

The Quiet Professionals • Landscape Maintenance: Created a invasive management program recognized nationally; Saved

The Quiet Professionals • Landscape Maintenance: Created a invasive management program recognized nationally; Saved roughly $1, 053, 534 by doing the lion’s share in-house; Recycled logs and chips at no charge for further use; No loss of time due to injury in the second most dangerous occupation- with a twist; Worked with other Divisions of DPW seamlessly.

The next phase: Continue EAB replacement • Should complete spring 2014 • Diversification Assist

The next phase: Continue EAB replacement • Should complete spring 2014 • Diversification Assist neighboring communities if requested • Technical Continue to educate and share techniques with region • Further insect/disease issues Society of Municipal Arborists - Accreditation

Urban Forest Accreditation The next phase, continued: • A program that allows recognition of

Urban Forest Accreditation The next phase, continued: • A program that allows recognition of Homewood, furthering pride of our forestry program. • Proves that tax dollars are yielding results. • Gives Homewood a professional standard that further sets us apart and provides further goals.