Make Your Emerald Ash Borer Plan At The Colorado Garden & Home Show

Make your emerald ash borer plan at the Colorado Garden & Home Show

  • February 4, 2017

DENVER — Looking to find out if you have an ash tree vulnerable to emerald ash borer? Want to learn how to protect your ash tree from the most destructive forest pest in U.S. history? Would you like to discover a way to cost-effectively turn any urban tree you may need to remove into a functional and beautiful wood product?

Then you need to stop by the Be A Smart Ash booth at the 2017 Colorado Garden & Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from Feb. 4-12!

Emerald ash borer (EAB) has already destroyed hundreds of millions of ash trees, causing billions of dollars in damage in more than 25 states. And while it may not have arrived in Denver yet, EAB was discovered in Boulder in 2013 and in Longmont just last year. So in reality, it’s only a matter of time before EAB arrives in the Mile High City and poses a direct threat to the Metro area’s 1.45 million ash trees.

That’s right folks: 1 in 6 Denver trees is an ash, and you may not even realize that you have one in your front yard or a nearby right-of-way.

But here’s the good news: You can stop by our booth (#1006) at the Colorado Garden & Home Show and identify all the Denver ash trees near you with the click of a button. Using our interactive map, you can simply enter your address and find all the ash trees in your area. You can even find out if/when Denver ash trees in the public right-of-way are scheduled to be treated.

If it turns out you have an ash, we can also help you begin to develop your EAB defense plan. If you want to treat your ash, we can provide a list of certified tree professionals. If you want to remove your ash, we can help you apply for a free tree to replace it. And if you need help deciding whether you should treat or replace your ash, we’ll have certified arborists from Denver’s Office of the City Forester on hand to answer all your questions.

Finally, the unfortunate reality is that we will lose some of our urban ash trees to EAB. But once again, there’s a silver lining. If you have to remove an ash or any tree on your property, we can connect you with local members of the woodworking community who will happily give your tree a second life as a functional wood product.

Whether you’d be interested in turning your tree into a product as large as a table, chair, door, bed frame or support beam for a house, or even a product as small as a set of bowls, a cutting board or a bicycle (yes, a bicycle!) there are Colorado woodworkers near you who would be happy to help you do just that.

For more information about the Colorado Garden & Home Show, including hours and ticket prices, click here. Want to follow us on social media to make sure you keep up with the latest emerald ash borer news after the Colorado Garden & Home Show? Follow us on Twitter at @BeASmartAsh and track the #BeASmartAsh hashtag across social media.

Downtown Denver Replaces Ash Trees Threatened By Emerald Ash Borer

Downtown Denver replaces ash trees threatened by emerald ash borer

  • November 7, 2016

(DENVER POST) — Emerald ash borer (EAB), now the most destructive forest pest in U.S. history, was discovered in Boulder in 2013. It’s yet to arrive in Denver, but that hasn’t stopped the Downtown Denver Partnership from planning ahead. Working with the City and County of Denver’s “Be A Smart Ash” program, the DPP has removed and replaced many of the ash trees in the downtown corridor.

“We’re tying to get as many trees in public right of ways before losing trees to emerald ash borer,” said Sara Davis, program manager for the city’s forestry office.

3 Great Spots To See The Fall Colors In Denver

3 great spots to see the fall colors in Denver

  • October 18, 2016

DENVER — You procrastinated that trip to Colorado’s high country to see the fall colors, didn’t you? If so, we’ve got some good news and some bad news for you.

The bad news: As of mid to late October, most of the aspen trees in the mountains have already lost their leaves. The good news: There is still plenty of gorgeous fall color to be viewed right here in Denver!

But do yourself a favor: Don’t put it off this time. This week and upcoming weekend are your last best chances to view some of the splendid autumn foliage in the Mile High City, accentuated by ash trees that turn a whole host of colors from yellow to orange to red to purple.

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Emerald Ash Borer Discovered In Oklahoma

Emerald ash borer discovered in Oklahoma

  • October 14, 2016

DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. — Colorado’s Nebraska and Kansas neighbors were already dealing with emerald ash borer, and now, Oklahoma has been added to the list. As of Oct. 14, the pest had been discovered in the northeast portion of the state.

“With a number of our neighboring states already dealing with the pest. We knew it was a matter a time before emerald ash borer appeared in Oklahoma,” said George Geissler, director of Oklahoma Forestry Services. “We want to make Oklahomans aware of the issue and provide details about their available options and resources for dealing with this pest.”

Fall Is The Time To Take Stock Of, And Protect, Your Trees In Denver

Fall is the time to take stock of, and protect, your trees in Denver

  • September 21, 2016

(DENVER POST) — Autumn foliage may be a sign of summer’s end, but Denver Parks & Recreation is using the explosion of color as a way to motivate people to care for the long-term health of their trees — especially their ash trees.

Denver’s ash trees provide a colorful contrast to the subdued hues of the surrounding species, with white ash leaves turning a reddish-purple in the fall. Denver’s soil pH does not typically support trees with leaves that turn that color, which is why certain developers and city planners chose to plant large numbers of soil-tolerant ash in areas like Lowry, City Park and Wallace Park. And now those trees are being threatened by emerald ash borer.

3 Years Later, Boulder Showing Clear Signs Of Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

3 years later, Boulder showing clear signs of emerald ash borer infestation

  • August 31, 2016

BOULDER — The idyllic vision of a college campus is one marked and shaded by mature, historic trees – many of which are as old as the school itself. High school juniors who toured the University of Colorado’s Williams Village in 2014 saw a campus that met that criteria.

Those same students moved in surrounded by a markedly different landscape in Williams Village this fall.

Once lined by a grove of mature, 30-foot-tall ash trees, the west side of the village along 30th Street is now tree-less. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is to blame.

Just three years after the invasive pest was discovered in Boulder, the city is now starting to see the clear impact, losing hundreds of untreated ash trees to the infestation.

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Trouble With Trivets: Art Projects Can Carry Emerald Ash Borer

Trouble with trivets: Art projects can carry emerald ash borer

  • June 22, 2016

DENVER — When you hear stories of how harmful, invasive pests are transferred from Point A to Point B, the movement is often attributed to the irresponsible actions of an unwitting human. But the truth is usually far less black and white — at least that’s what Sara Davis, program manager with Denver’s Office of the City Forester, realized earlier this year.

Davis is one of the leaders of the Be A Smart Ash campaign, which aims to prepare Denver and educate residents ahead of the inevitable arrival of the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive pest that has wiped out ash tree populations in 26 states as well as in Canada.

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