Emerald Ash Borer Informational Resources and Local City Ordinances

Helpful Resource about Emerald Ash Borer.

 

• Emerald Ash Borer Management Options (PDF)
 

• Common Problems of Ash Trees (PDF)
 

• USDA Pest Alert (PDF)
 

• Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management Page


• Purdue Decision Guide
 (PDF)


• Community Trees, Street Trees for Iowa (PDF)


 Community Trees, Low-growing Trees for Urban & Rural Iowa  (PDF)

EAB or Native Borer? (PDF)

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Press Release:
Monday, February 3, 2014
Contacts:
Dustin Vande Hoef, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, 515-281-3375
Kevin Baskins, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 515-281-8395
Laura Sternweis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, 515-294-0775
 
EMERALD ASH BORER CONFIRMED IN BLACK HAWK COUNTY, IOWA
Statewide quarantine of ash wood products to be issued
WATERLOO – Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Waterloo, the county seat of Black Hawk County, making this the sixth location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.
The current EAB infestation was found by city employees performing routine trimming on street trees. With the assistance of the Iowa EAB Team, additional trees were found to be infested in a 10 square block area on the northeast side of Waterloo. The larvae were positively identified by federal identifiers as EAB.
A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states will be issued on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.
“The Iowa EAB Team determined that a whole-state approach to the quarantine is warranted at this time. Communities need to focus on planning and implementing proactive measures to prepare for EAB in their urban forest,” said State Entomologist Robin Pruisner of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
The Iowa EAB Team provides EAB diagnostic assistance to landowners and includes officials from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the USDA Forest Service.
EAB infestations had previously been discovered in Allamakee County in May 2010, Des Moines County in July 2013, Jefferson County in August 2013, Cedar County in October 2013 and Union County in December 2013.
The Iowa EAB Team strongly cautions Iowans not to transport firewood across county or state lines, since the movement of firewood throughout Iowa or to other states poses the greatest threat to quickly spread EAB even further. Most EAB infestations in the United States have been started by people unknowingly moving infested firewood, nursery plants or sawmill logs. The adult beetle also can fly short distances, approximately 2 to 5 miles.
Ash is one of the most abundant native tree species in North America, and has been heavily planted as a landscape tree in yards and other urban areas. According to the USDA Forest Service, Iowa has an estimated 52 million rural ash trees and approximately 3.1 million more ash trees in urban areas.
“Forestry Bureau staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have completed 242 urban tree inventories in Iowa, in communities with less than 5,000 residents. Statewide, Iowa averages 16-17% ash on city property, though the ash component can get as high as 87%. We hope this latest infestation will motivate communities that have not taken an inventory of their forestry resources, to do so very soon” said State Forester Paul Tauke.
Waterloo’s urban forest includes 4,364 ash trees located on public properties in the city.  The three city-owned golf courses have 649 ash trees. The 52 parks in Waterloo contain 725 ash trees.  And the trees located along the street rights-of-way include 2990 ash trees.
The City of Waterloo plans to remove the ash trees infested with the emerald ash borer on public properties and continue to reduce its ash populations in the public areas. “This is a devastating blow to Waterloo’s tree resources as we will be losing 17% of the trees on public property over the next few years.  It will also be quite a challenge for the forestry staff to absorb these tree removals in their day to day duties and still provide a fraction of the services that Waterloo citizens are used to” said Waterloo City Forester Todd Derifield.
The number of ash trees on private property in Waterloo is unknown.  Property owners in the City of Waterloo who have an ash tree on their private property will be responsible for the removal of dead and dying trees.
“Preventive treatments next spring — mid-April to mid-May 2014 — are available to protect healthy and valuable ash trees within 15 miles of a known infested area,” said ISU Extension and Outreach Entomologist Mark Shour. For more details, see ISU Extension and Outreach publication PM2084,www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM2084.pdf.
Contact Iowa EAB Team members to have suspicious looking trees checked. The State of Iowa will continue to track the movement of EAB on a county-by-county basis. Before a county can be officially recognized as infested, an EAB must be collected and verified by USDA entomologists.
To learn more about EAB and other pests that are threatening Iowa’s tree population, please visitwww.IowaTreePests.com. Or, for more information contact any of the following members of the Iowa EAB Team:

 

Cities of Black Hawk County Ordinances

City of Cedar Falls
1.     City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20.
2.     Call the City Engineer for helping in determining if tree is on private property or public right-of-way.  Removing trees in city right-of-way requires permit by licensed tree removal service.  Chemical treatment of trees in city right-of-way is not allowed.
3.     City notifies adjacent property owners of tree removal.
4.     City burning regulations apply.
5.     Contact Kevin Cross at 319.273.8624, email: Kevin.cross@cedarfalls.com with questions.
 
City of Elk Run Heights, City Hall, 319.232.0020
1.     City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 8, Nuisances deals with removal of diseased trees (Dutch Elm disease only).
2.     Call City Hall for general questions or for help in determining if tree is on private or public right-of-way.
3.     The city contacts the adjacent property owner in writing prior to tree removal.
4.     Burning restrictions of yard waste are subject to Chapter 13.24 of the City Code. Burning of branches is allowed, but limbs and trees are not allowed to be burned and must be properly disposed of. The city contracts with City of Evansdale for tree disposal.
 
City of Evansdale, City Hall, 319.232.6683
City Inspector, 319.232.6683; 319.493.0641
1.     City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 151, Trees deals with dead and diseased trees.  http://www.evansdale.govoffice.com/index.asp?SEC=B3D944BB-7BFF-4CCC-A73F-(42213136B570&Type=B_BASIC).
2.     Call City Hall for general questions and the City Inspector for help in determining if tree is on private or public right-of-way.
3.     The city will remove trees located in city right-of-way; currently notification of adjacent property owners is not required.
4.     Treatment or removal of diseased, dead or damaged trees in city right-of-way by adjacent property owners is subject to city regulation.
5.     Residents may burn ward waste with a restriction of 6 inches diameter for limbs.  The city offers a free drop off site for yard waste, with extended hours as warranted.   Announcement soon that access fire wood can be sold at Deerwood Park and campground, for camper use only.
 
City of Gilbertville, City Hall, 319.296.1822
Public Works, 319.296.3951
1.     City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 151, Trees deals with dead and diseased trees.   (http://gilbertvilleia.com/city-services/city-ordinances/).
2.     Call City Hall or Public Works for help in determining if tree is on private or public right-of-way.
3.     City notifies adjacent property owners of tree removal.
4.     No restrictions on a home owner treating tree in right-of-way.
5.     City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 105, Solid Waste Control deals with Opening Burning.  Requires compliance with Iowa Department of Natural Resources rules. Disposal is determined at the time of removal.
 
City of La Porte, City Hall, 319.342.3396 
NOTE:  In 2011, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources developed a plan to assist the City of La Porte City with managing its urban forest, including budgeting and future planning within publically-owned property (streets and park trees).  The inventory was conducted using Global Positioning System (GPS) data collectors.  The inventory was a complete inventory of street and park trees. Below are some key findings of the 525 trees inventoried.
•          La Porte City’s trees provide $93,117 of benefits annually, an average of $177 a tree
•          There are over 39 species of trees
•          The top three genus are:  Maple 44%, Ash 15%, and Hackberry 9%
•          9% of trees are in need of some type of management
•          3 trees are recommended for removal
City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 151, Trees:  http://lpcia.com/wp-content/uploads/Code-of-Ordinances-2013-AMENDED.pdf.
 
City of Raymond, City Hall, 319.232.6153
1.     Call City Hall to determine if tree is in public right-of-way.  Property owners are notified prior to tree removal.
2.     Council approval required for individual to remove trees in city right-of-way.
3.     Yard waste cannot be burned, although a recreational fire is allowed.  Excess wood can be taken to the City of Evansdale Yard Waste.  Raymond citizens pay .50 cents a month for this service.
 
City of Waterloo, City Forester:  319.291.4370.
1.     City Code of Ordinances, Title 7, Chapter 5
2.     Call the City Engineer for helping in determining if tree is on private property or public right-of-way.  Removing trees in city right-of-way requires permit by licensed tree removal service.  Chemical treatment of trees in city right-of-way is not allowed.
3.     City notifies adjacent property owners of tree removal.
4.     Public trees removed by city crews are taken to the Falls Avenue site (formerly Weissman Steel).  Residents may remove wood from the site for private purposes, but the city does not recommend that it be removed from Black Hawk County.  Trees removed from private property may be taken to the city tree dump located east of La Porte Road, just off Easton Avenue. 
5.  City burning regulations apply.
6.  Contact Waterloo City Forester at 319.291.4370 with questions.
Check out City’s website for list of Waterloo licensed tree trimmers, recommended tree list, prohibited species and tree varieties on city right-of-way, and general information about emerald ash borer at http://www.waterlooleisureservices.org/forestry.
 
• Licensed Tree Services of Waterloo
 
• To check for "Pesticide Applicators Certification" call Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) - 515-281-5321

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