WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – In an effort to help combat emerald ash borer (EAB) and other invasive tree pests, Valent Professional Products has launched the Legacy Tree Project.
A multi-city, multi-year project due to begin this spring in the Chicagoland area, the project aims to preserve the natural history and beauty of America’s native trees by providing solutions to control invasive pest populations to communities in need.
In the coming weeks, Valent Professional Products will solicit applications for inclusion in the Legacy Tree Project and choose four Chicagoland-area cities suffering from EAB infestation as partners in the program. Valent Professional Products will then team with a local tree service company to treat a number of municipal ash trees in each of the partner cities with Safari insecticide and cover all treatment costs of the program over a five-year period.
Valent Professional Products will also work with local researchers, extension agents and other stakeholders in an effort to educate and inform the public about EAB and the available treatment options for this devastating invasive pest. Since it was first discovered in the Detroit area in 2002, the invasive Asian pest has killed tens of millions of ash trees in at least 13 states across the Midwestern and Eastern United States.
“EAB is going to cause unprecedented economic, aesthetic and environmental damage to landscapes across the country,” says Joe Chamberlin, regional field development manager for Valent Professional Products. “We love these trees, know they are important for the environment and for the people in the area, so it is of critical importance that industry, municipalities and tree care companies coordinate efforts to make the public aware of the danger and help stop this threat.”
With nearly 75,000 ash trees inhabiting each square mile of tree canopy throughout the Chicagoland area, ash trees comprise a significant part of the local landscape.
Valent Professional Products is encouraging local residents and community officials in the Chicagoland area to nominate their communities for this program. Selection consideration criteria will include current state of EAB infestation, geographical location and number of nominations.
Cities interested in taking part in The Legacy Tree Program must register their interest by May 21.