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Watch Out for the Emerald Ash Borer

New Jersey’s forests are under attack from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an exotic insect from Asia that has invaded North American forests and is becoming increasingly detrimental to ecosystem health. Feeding on white ash, green ash, and black ash, an EAB infestation has the potential to kill a live tree in 3-4 years. The pest, native to China, eastern Russia, Japan, and Korea, was first discovered near Detroit in 2002 and has since spread to 25 states, including New Jersey.

In an effort to coordinate a response to this threat, The Borough of Mountain Lakes has established an EAB Task Force headed by the Shade Tree Commission in collaboration with the Woodlands Committee. The EAB Task Force, with guidance from State of New Jersey’s Department of Agriculture and a Certified Arborist, will be making recommendations for the Borough and homeowners, to best mitigate the inevitable damage from the Emerald Ash Borer.