Learn About the Emerald Ash Borer at Three Informational Meetings in March
Feb. 20, 2009
UPDATE: The Emerald Ash Borer information session scheduled for March 12 has been canceled.
Learn more about the emerald ash borer and what Fairfax County is doing to combat this pest at three informational sessions in March. The meetings are March 4 and 12, at 7 p.m., at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria, and March 5, at 7 p.m., at the Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center Street, Herndon. RSVPs requested; call 703-324-5304, TTY 711, or e-mail email@example.com.
The emerald ash borer, a serious threat to ash trees, was discovered in the county last summer, including in the Kingstowne and Herndon areas. Ash trees are often used for residential and commercial landscaping, and these emerald ash borers have killed more than 25 million ash trees in the U.S. They are native to China, Korea and Japan, and first arrived in the U.S. from Asia in the 1990s.
At the meetings, county arborists will explain the signs of infestation, treatment options and how to hire an arborist.
To prevent the spread of these insects, residents should not take any firewood, live or dead ash trees or ash lumber outside the county or nearby areas. State and federal quarantines restrict the transport of all these items. The ban includes cut ash logs, branches, stumps, roots and composted or uncomposted chips from any species of ash. Homeowners may legally dispose of live or dead ash trees as part of their regular yard waste as long as they do so within the quarantine areas.
Firewood and ash products may be transported within the state quarantine areas — Fairfax, Arlington, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. However, these items may not be transported from these areas to any other part of the state. The federal quarantine bans the movement of these items across state lines.
Violating the state quarantine is a class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $2,500 and a year in jail. Violating the federal quarantine could result in a fine of up to $250,000.
For more information about the public meetings or the emerald ash borer, contact the Forest Pest Branch at 703-324-5304, TTY 711, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711