Smart Ash Superhero is making the rounds to local libraries, recreation centers
and public spaces to introduce more Denverites to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
and ways to Be A
Smart Ash. Be on the lookout for the Smart Ash display and let us
know where you see him by tagging @BeASmartAsh or using the hashtags #EAB and
#BeASmartAsh on Twitter.
our effort to save Denver’s ash trees by talking to your neighbors, friends and
co-workers about EAB and encourage people to visit BeASmartAsh.org
for more information.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was confirmed in the City and County of Broomfield,
northwest of Denver, on Aug. 20, 2019 – the first confirmation of EAB in
Colorado outside of the federal quarantine that primarily encompasses Boulder
Broomfield resident familiar with the appearance of EAB due to Broomfield’s
proactive public education campaign noticed a suspicious insect on their
personal property near 136th Avenue and Main Street and contacted
the Broomfield city forester. It is not known whether the pest arrived by
natural spread or human transport such as firewood.
least 15% of all urban and community trees in Colorado are ash species
susceptible to being killed by EAB. EAB attacks and kills both stressed and
healthy ash trees and is so aggressive that trees typically die within two to
four years after infestation. While EAB has not yet been detected in Denver, it
could already be here.