Task Force Projects and Information
This area will be updated frequently with current projects from the Emerald Ash Borer task forces accross NY and information to assist task forces in making local management plans.
Here is a very handy decision guide to help property owners decide what to do with their Ash Trees. Download the PDF here.
The Ash Mortality "Death Curve" that occurs during an EAB infestation
Case Studies of Municipal EAB Management
Grant Assistance for Ash Inventories and EAB Management Strategies
Managing street and park trees for EAB can be expensive for local governments. One service that task forces are providing is by helping their local communities to access grant funds to offset these expenses. Below are a couple of the grants available. Check back for RFPs and more funding opportunities.
1. NYSDEC Community and Urban Forestry Grants
- NYSDEC awarded nearly $1 million to 66 recipients in 2012
- Eligible applicants: municipalities, counties, school districts, non-profits
- “Large cities” (Albany, Buffalo, Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, NYC, Rochester, Syracuse, Schenectady, Yonkers): $7,500 - $50,000
- Small communities: $2,500 - $25,000
- Grants available for EAB Inventory and EAB Management projects
- Must have an Ash inventory to qualify for an EAB Management grant
- 1 proposal per topic per applicant (applicants can submit more than one proposal, ie. One to conduct an inventory and then one to carry out EAB management strategies)
Extra application points can come from:
- Collaboration with local NYSDEC Forester
- Being a Tree City USA
- Being a member of the NYS Forestry council or the Economic Development Council
- No matching funds required for EAB related Inventory or Management Projects
Several communities applied with the goal to “slow the spread” of the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that has been killing ash trees across New York and neighboring states. These awardees include:
- County of Onondaga
- Village of Fayetville
For more information and a link to last year’s RFP, which was due June 12, 2012 visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5285.html and read this note below from Mary Kramarchyk about the impact of the expanded EAB Quarantine:
Your community may seek help and other resources in preparation for the future expansion of the EAB into your community. DEC's Urban Forestry Grants Round 12 will become available later this spring. To respond to the possible movement of EAB, you may choose to apply for funding for one of the following projects: preparedness planning; a tree inventory of community ash or of the entire urban forest; maintenance in the form of removing or identifying priority ash and/or replanting your community forest with species other than ash.
Questions regarding the current distribution of EAB, management recommendations or community EAB preparedness planning and response planning may be directed to Jerry Carlson, Forest Health Section at DEC, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Kramarchyk, Urban Forestry Section at DEC, email@example.com.
Watch for the RFP in spring 2013!
2. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
- USFS awarded $3 million in grants to improve tree canopy, forest cover and ultimately, water quality in six Great Lakes states, including Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Illinois and Indiana.
- In 2012, The following category of funding was offered:
- “Mitigate Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Impacts - Ash tree replacement with non-host species in quarantine areas to protect and restore biodiversity and water quality, and to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff (esp. phosphorus).”
- Of the 16 grants awarded, 7 were for EAB related issues, awards ranged from $70,000 - $250,000
- In NY, the Town of Greece won $77,958 to replant 200 trees.
- For press release of all awardees, click here: USDA News Release
To see last year’s RFP, click here: FY 2012 Northern Area State and Private Forestry GLRI RFP
Watch for the RFP in spring 2013!
Municipal survey for EAB preparedness
Here’s an exciting development from Erie County. NYSDEC (Pat Marren and David Paradowski) and the Western NY EAB Task Force have conducted a survey of the communities in Erie County regarding their awareness and preparedness for dealing with an EAB infestation. They are using these survey results to focus and prioritize the activities of the taskforce. Below is a brief summary and the full report can be downloaded here: Erie County EAB Community Survey
Erie County Emerald Ash Borer Community Survey (Summary)
The objectives of the survey were to:
- Determine if communities have existing plans to manage ash trees, and woody debris and if they desire assistance with developing these plans.
- Determine the number of communities with tree inventories.
- Assess municipal managers’ familiarity with the risk posed by EAB.
- Investigate the existence of a network of volunteers to assist communities with EAB efforts.
- Assess interest in applying for DEC Urban and Community Forestry Grants.
- Assess the level of knowledge of current EAB locations in the county.
- Assess the interest in the Tree City USA® program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation.
A self‐administered mail‐in survey was sent to community leaders of all 44 municipalities (3 cities, 25 towns and 16 villages) in Erie County, New York. Mayors and Supervisors were selected as the primary recipient because there is no standardized organizational hierarchy under which community forestry programs fall. The primary recipient was then directed to have the person responsible for managing the community trees complete the survey. The survey for this study was administered using two mailings and follow‐up telephone calls, e‐mails and faxes.
Community tree managers and public officials from 37 communities responded to the survey for a response rate of 84%. Below are responses to a few of the questions:
Tree Inventories: Only 9 communities responded yes when asked if they have an inventory of public trees. Communities with tree inventories were then asked for more details about the inventory data. Of those with inventories, 5 have inventories of street trees, 1 has an inventory of park trees and 3 have inventories of both street and park trees. Inventory formats ranged from primitive paper records (2 respondents), basic digital record keeping using spreadsheets (4 respondents) and finally to advanced digital record keeping using a Geographic Information System(GIS) (3 respondents). Communities that did not have an inventory of public trees were asked if they needed assistance to conduct one. Of the 28 communities that indicated they had no tree inventory, 17 responded that they would like assistance.
Ash Tree Plans: The survey asked the communities if they had a plan to manage ash trees threatened by EAB infestation. Of the communities responding, 8 indicated that they had an ash tree management plan.
Need for Technical Assistance: The communities were asked if they needed assistance to develop response plans, conduct inventories, train staff, develop grant proposals and select replacement trees. 24 communities indicated that they needed assistance. 10 communities answered no and 3 communities failed to supply a response to this question.
Municipal Manager Familiarity: The communities were asked if their municipal managers were familiar with the risk of EAB. 23 communities answered yes, 11 answered no and 3 communities failed to supply a response to this question.
EAB Proximity: The communities were asked how close they were to a known EAB infestation. 22 respondents indicated that they did not know how close they were.