Emerald Ash Borer
Since the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) and its serious impacts in the Midwest, states in the Southern Region have performed various EAB survey, eradication, and outreach efforts with the fiscal and technical support of FHP. EAB is currently established in eleven counties in Kentucky and one county in Virginia.
In 2004 and 2005, FHP provided $210,000 to perform EAB surveys in the following Southern Region states: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The activities focused on ground-and canopy-surveying of ash trees in high-risk areas (especially declining ash trees). Additionally, trap trees and different types of trap/lure combinations were deployed in high-risk areas. The surveys and trapping were negative. As APHIS increased its widespread trapping throughout the East in 2006, R8-FHP adjusted its program to avoid duplication of effort. Current emphases are street-tree surveys to prepare communities, citizen monitoring efforts, and educational workshops.
- FHP provided funding and technical support to Virginia to eradicate an EAB infestation found in Fairfax County in 2004.
- 2009 – 2010: Virginia Citizen Monitoring pilot project with Virginia Tech, cooperative extension, Master Gardeners, NPDN, and others was initiated. Extension agents and master gardeners participated in dozens of public events, disseminating information. Training modules have been developed in conjunction with EAB University. A thorough evaluation of the various outreach activities is being performed; this will help guide future citizen monitoring efforts in other states.
- Since 2008, FHP funding has been passed through VA DOF to Virginia Tech to carry out street-tree surveys in metropolitan areas of Virginia to determine the amount, distribution, and health of ash in urban/suburban areas. These surveys are producing valuable first-time data to help communities see what they are going to be dealing with in the coming years.
- 2010: FHP is continuing the VA Citizen Monitoring and street-tree surveys; is starting a new citizen monitoring project in KY; and is providing funding to KY to hold a large EAB meeting for communities and landowners. The KY activities are being pursued with good cooperation from R8-Urban &Community Forestry.
- 2010: A grant to the N. C. Department of Agriculture to use Cerceris wasps in EAB detection.
- Used EAB as the main driver to educate people about the risks of firewood movement and to encourage states/NFs to take steps to discourage/limit firewood movement (see Firewood briefing paper).
- Continued fiscal support for Southern Region EAB activities from the WO
- National strategy: are we going to entertain suppression requests?
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Updated: February 2010