Illinois Gives Up Feeble Fight against Emerald Ash Borer

From the Daily Herald:

Game, set, match to emerald ash borer:

Emerald Ash Borer 2With the Illinois Department of Agriculture having given up on trying to contain the emerald ash borer, it’s not hard to understand the village of Arlington Heights pulling out of the 50/50 program it had with residents who wanted to treat parkway trees instead of raze them. The treatments are working, but only to slow the spread. Sadly, it can’t be stopped.

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This reminds me of the story of the child throwing starfish back into the sea.

The adult points out that the child cannot save all the starfish that are beached.

I can save some, though,” was the reply.

We have treated our ash tree since Stan Gladbach found infection on his lot near the Kane County line in Algonquin.  (This District 300 watchdog must have moved.  Anyone know where?)

It is still quite alive with brilliant yellow leaves.

Our Lakewood neighbor’s ash is ready to be chopped down.


Illinois Gives Up Feeble Fight against Emerald Ash Borer — 15 Comments

  1. An on the sixth day he created man and all the animals.

    o wonder he needed the seventh day off.

  2. What do you mean feeble attempt?

    It’s pretty hard to control something when everyone doesn’t participate.

    The EAB spread has followed the highways since it got here…from folks moving fire wood.

    The public’s response was quite poor.

    It would have taken a Herculean effort…and everyone participating to come close to stopping something like this.

    Fraxinus spp. Have gone the way of the dodo around here.

    A causality of globalization.

  3. Local cities just gave up, accepting that the trees had to die, be chopped down and replaced.

    A city in Wisconsin, on the other hand,Cedarburg (originally, I wrote, “Cedar Point”), Wisconsin, on the other hand, hired my advertiser to treat its ash trees.

    If someone does not want to follow Illinois’ example, they can call Walter White at Emerald Tree Care (877-SAVE-ASH)>

  4. The price comes down significantly if tree treatment is bundled.

  5. Its not Illinois example.

    Every state that has EAB….the approach has been the same.

    The time to start treating trees was about 8 years ago….before the trees starting showing any signs.

    Trying to treat trees once they are starting to decline.

    If your advertiser has such an amaizing product…..why isn’t every municipality saving every ash tree?

    Same as Dutch elm disease.

    Some are worth saving/treating….outstanding specimens…but who is going to pay for all that?

    Conservatively, there is something like 100 million ash trees….that’s a lot of dough….to treat every year, at best every two years…how did you expect it to turn out?

    A bug with no natural predators….and an unlimited supply of tasty food.

    The forest service has stored boatloads of ash seed in a seed vault in Colorado, and the thought is is that after the bug has gone through and eaten everything….and the (hopefully) does out, the ash can be planted again…..50 years from now maybe?

    The costs for removal and replacement were cheaper than long term treatment.

    If this has taught anyone anything is that too much of one tree is a bad thing…..imagine honey locust borer?

  6. My guess is that most cities when the Emerald Ash Borer was first cited by Algonquin’s Stan Goldback over eight years ago did not conduct a cost-benefit study.

    The elements cities should have considered were the cost to cut down and remove the trees, the cost to replace them, the value of trees with more maturity than the replacements and the cost of annual treatments.

    Cedar Point, Wisconsin, concluded the cost of treatment was worthwhile.

  7. Do you mean Cedarburg?

    The only Cedar Point in Wisconsin that I know of is Cedar Point Resort.

  8. By the time the eab trees were identified it was already too late. Treating doesn’t work once the tree is in decline.

    Btw. Treating may work for some municipalities… cedarburg only had 1500 ash it was responsible for. Crystal Lake has 6000. 3300 in LITH…sorry I don’t want to look up the rest. Up until 2012 many towns were treating, but the drought in 2012 accelerated the decline in the trees that were infected. Now, many towns were faced with loads of hazard trees everywhere and public safety takes president. Entire budgets were devoted to removals and replacements.

    This was an issue starting 30 years ago. Many of the ash removed were replacements from elm dying from DED. The failure comes when a town’s canopy is too much of one kind of tree. Now, municipalities try not to allow more than 15% of one type.

    Diversification is the name of the game. And that is probably the biggest lesson taught by this whole disaster.

    I think that this whole thing stinks. Ash was a very important part of the upland and bottomland woods. Our woods are less diversified more susceptible to other issues.

    Look up thousand cankers disease….coming for black walnut. Like DED and spread by a lil beetle. The treatment is similar to EAB.

    Pretty soon we will have a beautiful box elder/buckthorn woods.

  9. Perhaps you can find a cost-benefit study that was performed with regard to fighting the Emerald Ash Borer as opposed to doing nothing but cutting down dead trees and planting new ones.

    I can’t.

  10. Sorry for the negativity, I feel like I am anyway.

    This was a fight that could have never been won.

    Not unless everyone knew what ash wood looked like and refrained from transporting it all over hell’s half acre.

    We watched and entire Species of tree be taken out in 10 years.

    I wasn’t aware what was going on with DED….or chestnut blight.

    It stinks all around.

  11. That should be read with the caveat that the state of Illinois has over 100 million ash and 12.1 million in the Chicagoland area.

    Treating them to fix it is impossible….it’s just too many.

    Integrated Pest Management….using a little bit of everything.

    That’s the key.

    There was such a flood of dead trees in 2012, that treatments would have done nothing.

    Treatments will preserve the old timers and the outstanding specimins, but in a grand scale it’s not feasible.

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