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 Management Options

The NJ EAB Task Force has adapted an “EAB Preparation Check List” to help municipalities plan and manage for Emerald Ash Borer. In summary:

We recommend that municipalities form an EAB working group, and develop an EAB plan. You may need to amend your Community Forestry Management Plan to address the risk and reality of EAB.

You will need to complete an inventory of at least your municipal ash trees. You should also survey for signs of EAB within your ash resource.  Notify homeowners and woodland owners of the risk of EAB on their property.

You will need to decide what to do with your ash trees, and budget for implementing your decisions.

We recommend that you host a public education program for your residents, and a field training exercise for municipal staff and shade tree program volunteers responsible for your municipal trees. Make EAB information easily accessible.

Download the full “EAB Preparation Checklist” (also available from the “EAB Action Kit”) for detailed recommendations, and see the links below, and the “What Do I Do With My Trees?” page, for additional resources.

  • EAB Management Plan

    Draft management plan for use by communities in preparation for future EAB population increases.

    Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan for Municipalities Template [48K DOC]

    NJ EAB Task Force Recommendations [96k PDF] (published in the July-August 2016 issue of The Shade Tree)

    NJ Emerald Ash Borer Update [54K PDF] (published in the September-October 2015 issue of The Shade Tree)

    Preparing for Emerald Ash Borer [49K PDF] (published in the May-June 2015 issue of The Shade Tree)

    Recycling Municipal Trees [2,005K PDF]

    Ash Utilizers List [294K PDF]

    High Value Ash Utilizers [267K PDF]

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  • Cost Calculator

    Responding to an EAB Invasion -- Calculating the cost of removing ash trees

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  • NJ Department of Agriculture EAB Threat Response

    Since 2010, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, working with USDA-APHIS and NJ Forest Service, has deployed more than 1,800 EAB traps in all 21 NJ counties.

    In the fall of 2015, the NJ Department of Agriculture and NJ Forest Service, working with USDA APHIS, began a biocontrol program releasing two species of stingless parasitoid wasps at 4 locations in NJ. The species being utilized for biocontrol in NJ are an egg parasitoid (Oobius agrili) and a larval parasitoid (Tetrastichus planipennisi). The release sites are at three locations in Somerset County and one location in Mercer County. For more information about NJ’s biocontrol program for EAB, see our “For Woodland Owners” page.

    Below are the types of traps we are using to identify EAB populations:

    Photo of purple eab trap

    This is a purple prism sticky trap with a lure.  These are checked twice a season for the presence of EAB.

    Photo of green eab trap

    Trap catch with high EAB populations.

    Photo of green eab trap

    This is a newly designed Lindgren funnel trap for enhanced EAB capture.

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  • Rutgers & NJ State Forest Service Rapid Ash Survey Project

    Rutgers Urban Forestry Program and NJ State Forest Service partnered to conduct a rapid survey of ash trees in several NJ municipalities over the summer of 2015. Our goal was to get an idea of how extensive the municipally owned ash population is throughout NJ, to better understand the impact that Emerald Ash Borer will have on NJ municipalities.

    For more information, review the summary report documents for this survey project:


    Report signs of the beetle to the Department of Agriculture
    at 609-406-6939.

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