If you are wondering what can be done about this threat to the environment, you are not alone. As emerald ash borer spreads across the United States, concerned communities, experts and policymakers are looking to educate and take action. The most effective and influential protection efforts have been seen at the community level.
One program that targets small communities and neighborhoods is Neighbors Against Bad Bugs (NABB) in Indianapolis. Born out of Purdue University, NABB pairs Purdue Master Gardeners, neighborhood associations, county extension educators and concerned citizens. Together, they work to educate the public and use their cooperation to save trees while keeping communities safe. This program was implemented in Indianapolis' King Park neighborhood during fall 2011. Citizens developed the Ash Borer Action Team (ABATe) and began by surveying ash trees and available planting spaces. Through a combination of treatment, removal and new plantings, the team was able to help preserve the aesthetic beauty of the King Park neighborhood. The NABB program is only one example of community efforts to address the EAB issue, though.
Through the Cooperative Emerald Ash Borer Program - a cooperative of Midwestern universities - and the United States Department of Agriculture, several resources have been made available to those who want to protect against the spread of EAB. One activity that has been of growing concern for many regions is firewood transportation. For decades, this raw product has been moved throughout the country, with little regard for what may be living inside. The cooperative has compiled maps and policies developed by 15 states, from Minnesota in the west to New York in the east, in order to protect against the spread of EAB.
Individual states are also releasing prescriptive information for proactive community members wanting to get involved. …