New Emerald Ash Borer Resources Available from ISU Extension and Outreach Forestry Program

Publications provide list of arborists, tree varieties


treeAMES, Iowa – New forestry resources are available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to assist with emerald ash borer management decisions. As EAB is discovered in more counties across the state, it is important to hire trained and certified arborists and to replace ash trees with recommended species.

The forestry team with ISU Extension and Outreach has released three new publications to assist in making informed decisions about hiring arborists and selecting replacement trees.

Iowa State University Forestry Extension publication “Consulting Arborists Providing Service in Iowa” (FOR 366B) lists people and companies who possess certifications in arboriculture from the International Society of Arboriculture. Arborists are people who specialize in the management and care of individual trees and are knowledgeable about tree care. A consulting arborist usually does not perform actual tree care work, but can provide recommendations on a variety of tree management topics including tree value appraisal, problem diagnosis and evaluation of hazard trees.

This is not a complete list of all services in the state and ISU Extension and Outreach cannot speak to the quality of services. This compilation is made available only to offer a list of contacts to property owners who may wish to secure such services.

Publications FOR 405 and FOR 406 provide information on replacing an ash tree or finding the right species to plant. These two publications list several different species of interest that can be planted as alternatives to ash. FOR 405 lists small-stature trees while FOR 406 provides larger shade trees. The lists provide mature heights and widths along with growth habit and specific cultivars.

All three documents are available through the forestry program’s webpage, www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry. Anyone with questions may contact Gabbi Edwards at 515-294-1153 or gedwards@iastate.edu.