Denver Botanic Gardens, Flobots collaborate on EAB music video for Be A Smart Ash

  • March 8, 2017

DENVER — What happens when you give a bunch of tree nerds access to a camera, Denver’s beautiful Cheesman Park, a metallic emerald ash borer suit and a local hip hop legend? One Smart Ash music video, that’s what!

Be A Smart Ash is proud to present “EAB (Get Ready),” a music video produced by our amazing partners at the Denver Botanic Gardens in collaboration with Open Media FoundationJohnny 5 of the Flobots and a cast of well-trained volunteer actors from the Denver City Forester’s Office, a division of Denver Parks & Recreation.

The goal of this project is to raise awareness about emerald ash borer (EAB), which feasts on the common ash tree. Having desecrated forests in more than 25 states and parts of Canada, EAB is now the most destructive forest pest in U.S. history.

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‘Tis Once Again The Season For Free Trees In Denver

‘Tis once again the season for free trees in Denver

  • February 24, 2017

DENVER — If you didn’t end up with a free tree from the Denver Digs Trees program, which began accepting wait list applications earlier this month, there’s still good news: You can now apply for a free tree to be planted in your public right-of-way from Denver’s Office of the City Forester!

That’s right. If your property is adjacent to a public right-of-way that fits these parameters, you can apply to receive a tree at no cost to you.

Why are we so interested in giving away trees? Well, we love trees, for one, and we’re always looking for ways to bolster and diversify our urban canopy in Denver. The second big reason has to do with a tiny green pest.

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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.

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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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