Work is scheduled to begin this summer at several of the Warminster Township Parks to remove the dying Ash trees that have been affected by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The Emerald Ash Borer is a non-native, invasive species that is killing all types of ash trees within the Township. Originating in Michigan, the EAB has spread throughout the United States and is killing large quantities of trees. This green beetle, no bigger than a dime, burrows under the bark, lays eggs and then the larva feed on the tree. This damage disrupts the transport of water and nutrients between the roots, leaves and growing tissue and causes rapid decline and death in the tree. This rapid decline renders the tree and limbs unpredictable and potentially hazardous. While annual inoculation against this insect may help, there is no “cure” once the tree is infected.
Throughout the summer, a certified arborist will be visiting all of the parks and marking ash trees for removal. The Township has inoculated numerous ash trees in Kemper Park to try to preserve some of them, but many are beyond saving and may become a potential hazard to residents walking and picnicking in the park. The Kemper Park landscape will be the most affected with over 60 trees scheduled to be removed. Additional ash trees will be removed at other Township parks and in the public right of way. Plans are underway for a fall planting to replace the trees in these parks to promote future greening and forestry management.
The Township has awarded contracts to several professional tree services to assist with completion of removal, pruning, and general care and maintenance of our trees to ensure safety in our parks and public right of way. For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer and how it can affect trees in your backyard: Check out the attached FAQ’s worksheet; or the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/insectsdisease/eab