This year, EAB AWARENESS WEEK is May 15th – 22nd 2021.
While the loss of our ash trees is inevitable, identifying infestations early and slowing the spread will give communities time to plan to mitigate the economic and ecological impacts of the pest.
The links below will give you tools and resources to raise awareness of this invasive pest and help prepare your communities to respond to its arrival. Contact Ginger.Nickerson@uvm.edu for questions and materials.
- How to Identify Ash Trees
- Host a Tree Tagging Event
- For Communities: Host an Informational Event
- Host an ash walk in your community
- Check out this example of a Community Ash Tree Walk on South Hero (6 min video)
- and (updated Feb. 2018, does not include all current EAB infestations in VT)
- Review and discuss Case studies and Preparedness Plans from other towns
- Publicity Ideas
- Run a story in your local paper or radio station
- Host an EAB Awareness Table at the Farmers Market or Drop-Off Station (contact Ginger.Nickerson@uvm.edu for literature)
- Host a “Don’t Move Firewood” Coloring Page Contest with your local newspaper, and display the submitted pages on the windows of a local store front, post office, or town office.
- Post events on your community Facebook Page and Front Porch Forum
- For Teachers: Educational Resources
- (4 min video for youth)
- have your students write a research papers, persuasive essay, or a creative piece about emerald ash borer and its impact on Vermont trees and forests
- For Sharing on Social Media
- Share this 2-minute video on social media: Keeping VT Forests Beautiful and Healthy
- Additional Resources