Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Company partnered with Arborjet to donate treatment for 41 ash trees at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., against Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive tree pest that is currently threatening ash trees. The event and demonstration took place on May 19, 2016 at the Grove of Remembrance Living Memorial area, which is dedicated to New Jersey’s victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Arborjet provided the treatments at no cost, while Almstead donated the labor and expertise to inject the trees.
“All our native North American ash trees have little natural resistance to Emerald Ash Borer. This means that we need to inoculate ash trees to protect them from EAB,” said Ken Almstead, CEO of Almstead, who was one of the speakers at the event. “In addition to providing treatment options, we’ve also been trying to educate our customers and the public about EAB by sharing current, relevant and accurate information through mailing pieces, blog posts, and email blasts.”
Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a small metallic-green insect that only attacks ash trees. Scientists believe that it came to U.S. in solid wood packing crates from Asia in 2002. It was first seen in New York in the spring of 2009 and in New Jersey in the spring of 2014. EAB has already cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators, and the forest-product industry hundreds of millions of dollars. Protecting ash trees from this deadly beetle requires a combination of quarantines, that regulatory agencies are already enforcing, and insecticide treatment, such as the one performed by Almstead and Arborjet at Liberty State Park.
Other speakers at the event included: Trent Dicks, Mid Atlantic technical manager of Arborjet; Lisa Simms, executive director of the New Jersey Tree Foundation; John Sacco and Carrie Sargeant from the New Jersey State Forest Service; and Jonathan Luk, deputy superintendent of Liberty State Park.
“Cost, tree size, health, location and value are all factors that need to be looked at when deciding to treat a tree against EAB,” said Almstead. “There are also intangible qualities to consider, such as beauty, sentimental value, increasing property value, and contributing to quality of life.”