Emerald Ash Borer Control
The Morton Arboretum was highly instrumental in crafting a plan to get Illinois ready for the discovery of Emerald ash borer (EAB). In 2003, the Arboretum brought together a Readiness Planning Team with more than 40 representatives from state, federal, county and municipal governments, the green industry and non-profit organizations. The Readiness Plan charged the Arboretum with conducting surveys to detect the presence of EAB using trap trees that were likely infestation targets. Last year, trap trees detected EAB in three locations, including one that was six miles outside the Kane County quarantine zone. The Morton Arboretum continues to regularly take part in EAB team committees, handling issues such as reforestation, wood utilization, and municipal needs.
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