• Become informed about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in South Dakota. See www.emeraldashborerinsouthdakota.sd.gov

• To determine if you have a green, blue or black ash tree in your yard, see www.extension.sdstate.edu and search for the article: “How to Identify an Ash Tree Infected by Emerald Ash Borer,” by Dr. John Ball, Forest Health Specialist with the S.D. Department of Agriculture and Extension Forester SD Cooperative Extension.

• Labeled ash trees are found in the Yankton Arboretum, behind Yankton High School, along the public walking trail. Also, see other labeled arboretum trees growing in our environment and look at their tree size and shape, bark, leaves, flowers, pods or seeds and other features. Note that these trees are growing in full sun with adequate space to develop.

• For tree diversity, consider the tree list of native or native cultivars and naturalized trees found at www.CityofYankton.org  under “Parks and Recreation Department.”

• Search the “Yankton Emerald Ash Borer Response Plan” on the Yankton city website and updates to the plan for approaches used by the city forester as you make your decisions about trees in your yard.

• Stay informed about ongoing EAB response and where it is treated in South Dakota. We can learn from others’ experiences. For the Sioux Falls EAB response information, go to the website: www.siouxfalls.org/EAB . The video of Dr. Ball’s talk there is also informative.

 

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