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Trouble with trivets: Art projects can carry emerald ash borer

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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If emerald ash borer is found, window to treat Denver ash trees is limited

DENVER (Your City Now) — Denver City Forester Rob Davis spoke with Denver 8 TV on the value of ash trees in the Mile High City, and the impact the emerald ash borer (EAB) could have on them. “Once EAB shows up in a city, usually it’s a 10-year period before all the ash trees that are not protected will die,” Davis said. “But trees that are protected will live — as long as somebody treats them.”