Ash Tree Awareness Week: Celebrating our Community ASHets

All of Vermont's 160 million ash trees could be lost to the tree-killing pest, the Emerald Ash Borer.

Ash trees are everywhere; they are the original native Vermonter. Did you know that there are over 160 million ash trees in Vermont? All ash species native to Vermont (white, green and black) have no known resistance to attack by the invasive tree pest, the emerald ash borer (EAB).

During the week of APRIL 27 TO MAY 3, Vermonters will celebrate the valuable contributions made by our ash trees, which go by the Latin name “Fraxinus.” Ash trees are important for wildlife, wood products (such as baseball bats, tool handles, hockey sticks), black ash baskets, shade and beauty.  The goal of the initiative is to educate people about the threat posed to all species of ash native to Vermont by EAB.  Why is ash such an important tree?  Learn more!


Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 22nd, 12pm: Across the Fence Program: Ash Trees: The Benefits They Provide and the Threats They Face

–Mary Sisock, UVM Extension Forester, along with Statewide Winners of the Ash Tree Trading Card Contest

Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30pm: Forester Jim Esden
of Vermont's Forest Resource Protection to speak on the emerald ash borer. 
One World Conservation Center, Bennington, VT.  Read more.

Friday, April 25th, 9am-2pm: UVM’s Arbor Day celebration

2-3pm What's Lurking in the Trees, Invasive Forest Pest Talk, Rhonda Mace, USDA APHIS.  More information.

Sunday, April 27th, 10am-2pm: "Celebrate Ash Awareness" Nature Walks around the state.  See the schedule and locations.

Monday, April 28th, 10am: Williston ash tree tagging, Maple Tree Place/Taft Corners. Contact Caitlin Cusack 802-989-9616 for more info.

Monday, April 28th, 2:30pm: Burlington ash tree tagging, Waterfront Park.  Meet at the corner of Main St and Battery St. Contact Caitlin Cusack 802-989-9616 for more info.

Tuesday, April 29th, 9am: Newport ash tree tagging, Prouty Beach, Gardener Park.  Contact Caitlin Cusack 802-989-9616 for more info.

Wednesday, April 30th, 12pm: Across the Fence Program: Emerald Ash Borer Impacts on Communities

–Steven Sinclair, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, April 30th, Ash Tree Tagging with Sunderland Elementary School students, Arlington Recreation Park, Arlington, VT.

Wednesday, April 30th, 6pm: Asian longhorned beetle documentary "Bugged" aired on CCTV

Thursday, May 1st, 1-4pm: South Burlington Tree Tagging.  Contact Caitlin Cusack 802-989-9616 for more info.

Friday, May 2nd: Johnson Arbor Day celebration and Johnson State tree tagging.  Contact Elise Schadler 802-881-1256 for more info.

Friday, May 2nd, 1-3pm: North Bennington ash tagging. "Mile Around Woods", Bennington Graded School.

Friday, May 2nd, 10:30am: Middlebury EAB Awareness and Ash Tagging, The Town of Middlebury invites you to join Eric Blair, Town Planner, and Terri Arnold, Parks and Recreation Director, to talk about the Town’s latest efforts toward building a vibrant urban forest program.  Meet at the town office by the flag pole.

Saturday, May 3rd: Green Up Day--Green Up, Pick Up, Look Up

Various locations

Saturday, May 3rd, 9am: Branch out Burlington! Tree Planting, BOB! Nursery at UVM Horticultural Farm. 

Thursday, May 8th, Ash walk, Vermont Academy.  Contact Alma Beal for more details.

Saturday, May 10th, 9 am, Ash Tree Walk, Bradford.  Meet at the Bradford Public Library South Main Street, Bradford, VT.  Contact Nancy Jones for more information.

Thank you to our sponsors!


Vermont Woodlands Association


Limbwalker Tree Service

New England ISA

Ludlow Side Hill Cronchers

Richard Carbonetti

Rocky Dale Gardens

Questions or ideas? 

Contact Caitlin Cusack 656-7746.  Follow us on Facebook at Look Up Vermont!

Ash Tree Awareness Week Activity Guide

We’re hoping that your community will join us by hosting an ash tree tagging in your town, an EAB display at Green Up Day, or other activities to celebrate our community ASHets! This guide provides suggestions for how you can learn and educate others about ash trees!

To order resources (EAB ID cards, "I Heart Fraxinus" stickers, EAB tattoos, “Don't' move firewood" stickers, and other display materials) for your Ash Awareness Week celebration use our online order form.