Drone flights may detect Longmont emerald ash borer infestation

Emerald ash borer

What is it? An invasive tree pest that kills ash trees.

Where is it? It has been identified in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, Gunbarrel and unincorporated Boulder County. It has been spotted in at least 32 other states and Canada

How do I recognize it? Look for dead branches, crown thinning, excessive sprouting, “S”-shaped tunnels under the bark, “D”-shaped exit holes and severe woodpecker damage in ash trees.

What are governments doing about it?:

There’s a quarantine? Ash wood or hardwood firewood must be double-ground before it can be removed from Boulder County (or parts of Erie in Weld County). Longmont residents can drop wood debris off for free at the Waste Diversion Center, 140 Martin St. There are stiff fines for moving un-ground wood from the area.

What should I do if I have an ash tree? Make a plan for your ash tree by considering if

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