Ash Tree Inventory Reports Shared with Community Leaders

East Central Illinois Master Naturalists completed nine ash tree inventory reports detailing the number, location, state of health and size of ash trees (genus Fraxinus) in selected Champaign County communities. The Ash Tree Inventory project is an effort to discover the potential financial burden that will result as the emerald ash borer (EAB) makes its way to east central Illinois and kills ash trees.

Villages often do not have tree inventories as to species; therefore, they have no way of quantifying the ultimate cost of removal and replacement of ash trees. The inventory consists of volunteers observing ash trees that are on public land or are observable from public land. Using a GPS system the information is tabulated and the locations are shown on a map. This information is compiled into a report and communicated to public officials responsible for maintaining the public land so they can begin a budget process for removal and replacements over the next few years.

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