Emerald Ash Borer

What is the Emerald Ash Borer?

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native invasive beetle. EAB feeds on and kills native ash trees, and has killed millions of ash trees across the U.S. since its arrival in Michigan in 2002. EAB was found in Maryland in 2003, and has since spread across most of the state. It is expected to cause close to 100% mortality of native ash trees unless trees are chemically treated for protection.

Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Program

Purpose: The purpose of this program is to provide cost sharing assistance for the treatment of ash trees threatened by EAB.

Scope: The program will provide 50/50 match funding for approved applicants to assist with the cost of contracted treatments, or chemicals and supplies for the treatment of ash trees. Eligible applicants include local and state jurisdictions, as well as lands with permanent protection, such as conservation easements. Funding will be capped at $20,000 per application. Funding cannot be used for tree removals.

Description

Applications will be prioritized using the following criteria:

  1. An EAB Community Response plan is prepared and in use.
  2. Approach and funding source are identified for re-treatment in subsequent years (2-5 years).
  3. Priority treatment needs are based on a tree inventory.
  4. Application demonstrates a need for protecting the ecological or public value of ash trees, or protecting against public safety concerns related to ash mortality

To apply, please read through the program description and application and submit an application either by mail or email to Colleen Kenny. Applications for cost share assistance are due by 5:00 pm on January 13, 2017. Approved applicants will be notified of funding by February 3, 2017. Target treatment time will be spring (preferably) or fall of 2017. Interested applicants can download the program description and application form below:

Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Program Description and Application

Contact:

Colleen Kenny
Tawes State Office Building
580 Taylor Ave, E-1
Annapolis MD 21401
colleen.kenny@maryland.gov
410-260-8530

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Forest Service
Tawes State Office Building
580 Taylor Ave, E-1
Annapolis MD 21401
410-260-8531
www.dnr.maryland.gov/forests