The Ministry of Forests offers a cost-shared program to treat ash trees

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Virginia Department of Forestry offers a cost-share program to help treat ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer (EAB).

The emerald ash borer is considered one of the most destructive forest pests in North America. These insects have already caused millions of dollars in damage and hundreds of ash trees have died according to the Forest Department.

All species of ash trees in North America are likely to die within one to five years of being infested with the emerald ash borer. These trees are usually found in yards and along country roads. If affected trees are not treated or removed, they often fall or lose branches unexpectedly.

This spring, VDOF is offering a 50% cost-share program to landowners and organizations to offset the treatment of ash specimens by trunk injection. Organizations statewide are eligible to apply, but landowners are only eligible for cost sharing if they are located within the VDOF East region. Eligible landowners and organizations with healthy ash trees 12 inches in diameter or greater, with crown defoliation of 30% or less, are encouraged to apply.

Any infested ash tree should be treated or removed by a qualified arborist.

Cost-sharing requests are accepted from April 20 to June 17. Not all requests will be approved. The application and more information can be found here.

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