Emerald Ash Borer
Presence of the Emerald Ash Borer is widely prevelent in the state. First spotted in Prospect, CT, Cheshire’s neighboring community to the west, the tiny insect is now on course to bring devastation to Connecticut's ash tree populations. The Emerald Ash Borer is responsible for the death and decline of tens of millions of ash trees from the midwest to New York State and south to Tennessee. Ash makes up about 6% to 7% of Connecticut’s diverse forests and is a common urban tree.
According to the DEEP, "The EAB is a small and destructive beetle, metallic green in color, and approximately 1/2 inch long and 1/8 inch wide. Adults emerge from the bark of infested trees leaving a small “D”-shaped exit hole roughly 1/8 inch in diameter. This insect is native to Asia and was first discovered in the Detroit, MI and Windsor, Ontario regions of North America in 2002. It has since spread through the movement of firewood, solid-wood packing materials, infested ash trees, and by natural flight dispersal. There is an embargo on the transport of Connecticut cut firewood to any out of state destination.
The town has embarked on a tree removal program as it impacts ash trees along streets and around the town's parks, schools and other public properties. The Cheshire Land Trust in interested in learning about any potential EAB sightings on or around CLT property. If you think you may have spotted EAB on Cheshire Land Trust property, please visit www.ct.gov/dep or www.emeraldashborer.info to verify if the insect looks like the one you saw. If it looks like emerald ash borer or emerald ash borer damage, please call the CAES at 1-203-974-8440, and notify the Cheshire Land Trust at 203-806-5165.