City Trees to be Wrapped for Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

OMAHA, NE – The Omaha Parks Foundation and City of Omaha Forestry Division will be partnering with volunteers to kick off Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) awareness week with of ash trees starting Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m.        

The Omaha Parks Foundation will host a
media conference at Seymour Smith Park that will focus on the EAB epidemic and the steps everyone can take to prevent its spread. During the conference a tree will be planted to kick off EAB awareness week from May 17 – 23, 2015. 

Following the media conference volunteers will separate to five different at-risk locations with the most concentration of ash trees around the City of Omaha. Volunteers will walk the lengths of Seymour Smith Park, Abbot Drive, Memorial and Elmwood Park, Regency Parkway and Ramble Ridge Park, where they will wrap nearly 1,000 Ash Trees on city right of ways and park land starting Saturday and throughout the week.

The trees to be wrapped are just a small portion of the 11,000 ash trees in Omaha Park play areas and right of ways and an estimated 31,000 ash trees in forested areas of Omaha Parks. This does not include the thousands of ash trees on private property throughout the city.Only 80 miles away, EAB is an inevitable killer that could wipe out 14 percent of Omaha’s tree canopy and cause damaging effects to land and property through increased erosion and tree limbs falling. 

To help support the City of Omaha Forestry Division and Omaha Parks Foundation treat and save ash trees, the public is invited to participate in Omaha Gives on May 20, 2015 and make a donation at: OmahaGives24. All proceeds from the event will go towards the prevention and recovery of EAB, including the replanting of new trees.

If someone would like to volunteer on Saturday May 16, 2015 to help wrap ash trees, they can contact Casandra Brindisi at 402-444-4368 or casandra.brindisi@cityofomaha.org.

Media Conference: Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week
Saturday, May 16, 2015
9:00 a.m.
Seymour Smith Park
6802 Harrison St.