Prepare Your Community

Non-native invasive forest pests, such as the emerald ash borer (EAB), Asian longhorn beetle (ALB) and hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), know no boundaries.  Their arrival does not just affect private landowners; these pests affect communities as well.  Plan ahead to minimize the severity of impacts and establish a solid foundation for recovery.  Watch an Across the Fence episode to learn about the benefits of ash trees, how the Emerald Ash Borer will impact your community and what the community of Montpelier is doing to prepare for its' arrival.


1.  Educate yourself about the Invasive Forest PestsVisit the Gallery of Invaders.

2.  Learn about developing a Forest Pest Preparedness PlanWhen forest pests such as EAB arrive in Vermont, this plan will guide your communities’ response.  Remember- what you do now to prepare will strongly impact what you’ll be dealing with down the road.  Read Vermont Forest Pest Preparedness: Planning Overview.

3.  Form a local Forest Pest Planning and Response Team—Team members will help implement and guide the plan as well as keep abreast of, coordinate and communicate information to residents.

4.  Brief the decision-makers—Meet with your community’s leadership and bring them up to speed on the issue. State staff can provide technical support with the latest information and strategy.  A two-page overview, Vermot Forest Pest Planning: Is your community prepared?, and other outreach resources for briefing decision makers on EAB and the planning process are available.

5.  Develop a timeline and who is responsible for writing the plan

6.  Assess your community ‘s level of preparedness and prioritize action steps—This assessment will help your community identify the policies, protocols, resources (equipment, labor and funding) and other actions needed to efficiently and effectively respond to a pest infestation. Complete the Vermont Forest Pest Preparedness: Planning Worksheet (word doc) or PDF.  The Vermont Forest Pest Preparedness: Community Resource Toolbox provides links and background information on all aspects of pest preparedness and response.

7.  Formalize the plan and have it officially adopted by the Selectboard, Conservation Commission and/or other appropriate town committees.

8.  Implement your preparedness plan.



The following resources will help your community reduce the risk of introduction and spread, mitigate the impacts of these pests, and prevent future catastrophic losses. 

What will happen when EAB is found in my community?  Quick facts for town officials

Vermont Forest Pest Planning Frequently Asked Questions

The Vermont Forest Pest Preparedness: Community Resource Toolbox provides links and background information on all aspects of pest preparedness and response.

EAB Lessons Learned

Examples of EAB Community Preparedness Plans Developed by Vermont Municipalities

South Burlington, VT (population 18,400)

Rutland, VT (population 17,300)

Harford, VT (population 10,400)

Fairfax, VT (population 3,800)

Johnson, VT (population 3,300)

Enosburgh, VT (population 2,800)

Richford, VT (population 1,400)

Bakersfield, VT (population 1,200)

EAB Management Plan for PA Communities

EAB Plan Example, Ashville, PA

View the webinar, "Planning for EAB: Stories from Around the State" to learn more about the EAB planning process and the resources available as well as hear about the experiences and lessons learned from communities across Vermont. 

Contact Mollie Klepack at or (802) 656-7746 for more information.