My name is John Maurice, and I work as the Residential Division Manager for Carolina Tree Care. Internationally, I represent 1 out of 661 Board Certified Master Arborists and wanted to introduce myself today.
The purpose of this article is to inform the public of an invasive pest currently attacking Ash trees in NC – Emerald Ash Borer. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a serious threat that is currently devastating the Ash populations within this state.
Included are some quick facts about EAB:
· More than 7.5 billion Ash trees are at risk for EAB.
· On June 17, 2013 Emerald Ash Borer was found in NC.
· There are more than 2 million Ash trees currently in NC.
· Once present to the tree host, EAB is always fatal.
· It is required by the state for wood to be quarantined where EAB is present.
· Heavy woodpecker damage on Ash trees may be a sign of infestation.
· Preventative measures can be taken to prevent EAB from spreading.
I am available for any additional information, regarding the serious issue that North Carolina will continue to face if citizens are not educated on preventable measures available.
Thank you for your time,
Carolina Tree Care
ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor