Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an exotic green beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan in the summer of 2002. It is spreading throughout the eastern United States and Canada and has destroyed millions of ash trees in those areas. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage and cause little damage, however, the larvae feed on the inner bark, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients, which causes significant damage. The beetle is an extremely slow mover and cannot fly fast or far, however, it moves more quickly when aided by humans transporting infested firewood or trees. All ash trees, with the exception of the mountain-ash, are susceptible to the EAB.

In September 2013, the Emerald Ash Borer was found in two trees in the northeast section of Boulder. Fortunately, none have been found in Greenwood Village or surrounding areas. It is difficult to determine when the EAB will make a presence in this area. We would like to encourage the public to become more aware of the EAB and what you can do if you have ash trees. The Colorado Department of Agriculture provides valuable education information regarding the EAB.

There are an estimated 2,000 ash trees within the Village public spaces. Staff closely monitors those trees for any sign of EAB infestation. Future tree planting by the Village will continue; however, ash trees will not be utilized. For questions regarding the Village’s urban forest and EAB, please contact Kurt Nielsen, Open Space/Forestry Supervisor, at 303-708-6156.

What you can do now:

  1. Identify the trees on your property and nearby spaces. Only ash trees are susceptible (the mountain-ash is not susceptible).
  2. If you have ash trees, become familiar with EAB signs and inspect your trees.
  3. Give them good care. Check them regularly and keep them watered and pruned in the dry months.
  4. Stay informed about the EAB through the CSU Extension Office and Colorado Department of Agriculture
  5. Don’t move firewood. Use it where you purchase it. Many insects and diseases are moved into new areas from transported wood.
  6. Planting new ash trees is not recommended.
If you have inspected your ash trees and suspect that one or more of your trees are infected with EAB, please contact the Colorado State University Extension office in Arapahoe County.

Arapahoe County Extension
6934 South Lima Street, Suite B
Centennial, CO 80112
Phone: 303-730-1920