Emerald Ash borer

Asked August 13, 2019, 1:16 PM EDT

Hello, I live in The Oaks neighborhood of Ellicott City, MD. Many of the trees in the conservation zone have died from the Emerald Ash borer. Is there something that can be done to protect our community trees from the emerald Ash borer? Should we be protecting other types of trees also? Any help or assistance you can provide is appreciated

Howard County Maryland emerald ash borer trees

1 Response

If the trees are located in a Forest Conservation area you should contact the following because the county should be made aware of the problem:
The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) at (410) 313-2350, or come to the DPZ public service desk on the first floor of the Ascend One Building, 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045.
They need to address this issue. However, to the best of our knowledge, there is not a countywide plan to protect ash trees from this invasive pest. EAB only attacks ash trees so other types of trees do not need to be protected from them.
Unfortunately, though we have been hearing from concerned citizens about oak trees dying. There is not one specific reason for this. Please see the following information from our website,
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/why-oak-trees-are-declining

Deb