Harding Advisories/Notices

7/5/2017 - Emerald Ash Borer - Advisory

NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS OF HARDING TOWNSHIP

RE: EMERALD ASH BORER

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been identified and found in Harding Township.  Rutgers University researchers have determined that all Ash trees (Fraxinus sp) are susceptible, and all ash trees will be killed or destroyed. 

If you property has ash trees this notice affects you and your community. 

Treatment is possible but only if detected early.

The larva feed on the inner tree bark and phloem, thereby, preventing absorption of water and nutrients for the tree’s health.  The tree becomes brittle and ultimately a serious hazard to life and property.

The Township of Harding would like to encourage all property owners to take steps to control the onslaught of the Emerald Ash Borer that is present in our community.

 Please CLICK HERE to visit the Rutgers Web Page and learn more about this subject. . The website www.emeraldashborer.nj.gov  will also help you stay engaged with EAB updates and new information.

If residents have a specimen ash tree in their yard, proactive treatment can be performed to prolong its life and possibly fight off the EAB.   A licensed arborist should be contacted to individually consult on the tree. Licensed NJ Arborists can be found at this website: www.njaisa.com NJ Arborists ISA.

Finally, what is the cost?  Get the January 2017 article in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry that describes how it is more economical to protect ash trees than to replace them.  The Emerald Ash Borer Cost Calculator as developed by Purdue University will help residents determine the best management response to their individual ash tree inventory.  To run the calculator you will need:

  • An inventory of the number and size of ash trees
  • An estimate of costs for removing and treating trees based on the size of each tree.
  • An estimate of costs for replacing each ash tree that is removed.

Results consistently show treatment costs are much lower than removal costs.