As part of the KC Parks Forestry Division’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management Program, hundreds of ash trees around the city have deliberately been damaged in an attempt to attract the Emerald Ash Borer.
Know as “trap trees”, the 700 trees have been marked with tags stating the following:
THIS IS AN EMERALD ASH BORER “TRAP TREE”
EAB will kill ALL Ash trees! This tree has been purposely stressed by Parks and Recreation, Forestry Division to create a “Trap Tree” that will attract adult EAB beetles to it. Only “CITY TREES” that are within city right-of-way or city property, and are Ash species, are being stressed.
DO NOT REMOVE THIS TAG, THIS TREE OR ANY PARTS OF IT.
It is illegal to move hardwood firewood or any ASH tree materials out of state quarantined counties. Removal and improper disposal of branches or other Ash tree parts may result in spreading EAB. This tree will be removed by Parks & Recreation, Forestry Division at a later date and carefully examined for any signs of EAB beetles or larvae, and properly disposed of.
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Read more about the “trap tree” program in the Kansas City Star.