Emerald Ash Borer
In Oregon, the establishment of emerald ash borer (EAB) could devastate whole habitat types, such as ash swales and sensitive riparian zones, as well as reduce urban forest cover. EAB has the potential to cause the local extinction of Oregon’s native ash species. The loss of these trees could result in wide-reaching economic impacts, endanger important cultural resources, damage water quality and create direct human health impacts.
Strategies to cope with the introduction and spread of EAB must be identified and implemented prior to introduction and establishment to best protect Oregon resources. Thus, in preparation for the introduction of EAB, The Oregon Emerald Ash Borer Readiness & Response Plan (plan) was created to outline important steps, highlight tools and resources already available, and guide the state’s approach to handling an EAB infestation at all stages.
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