The city of Omaha is taking preventative action against the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer. The inventory shows there are 6,482 Ash trees on the right-of-way, 4,340 Ash trees in City of Omaha parks, and 686 on City golf courses. Trees on private property are not included in this count.
Omaha’s Parks, Recreation and Public Property Division is now evaluating available treatment options and the cost of widespread tree removal if the borer is discovered in or around Omaha. Ash trees that are currently damaged from weather or other insects are being removed at the cost of more than $1,000 each.
As of July 30, 2015, the Nebraska Forest Service has not had reports of the borer in the state but it can go undetected before tree damage is noticed. The Forest Service recommends preventive treatment for Ash trees when Emerald Ash Borer is confirmed within 15 miles and advises widespread removal of healthy trees is not necessary.
The most recent information shows Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed approximately 100 miles from Omaha, in Iowa.