The City of Evansville is set to receive a donation from TruGreen in the amount of $36,000 for the treatment of Ash Trees on city properties and rights of way. In May 2016, the City of Evansville, in partnership with both TruGreen and the Evansville Parks Foundation, began a program to save local Ash Trees. Since that time, over 100 of them have been treated via this partnership and donations from the public. TruGreen’s donation will allow the program and its partners to treat an additional 190 Ash Trees. Once completed, over 96 percent of all Ash Trees identified within the scope of the evansville.adoptanash.com initiative will have been treated and potentially saved.
City Arborist Shawn Dickerson said the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been detected in ash trees in both Vanderburgh County and within the city limits of Evansville. He said the beetle could feed on the local Ash Tree population for several years before the tree would begin to show signs of damage.
“The impact of this invasive scourge on Ash Trees cannot be ignored,” Dickerson said. “The potential damage done by this pest will have lasting effects on the overall tree population in city parks, city properties, as well as on private property.” Dickerson strongly urges private landowners to check their property of ash trees and signs of EAB activity immediately.
“The partnership with TruGreen is another example of how we are able to identify and address a need in our community,” said Parks Department Executive Director Brian Holtz. “Part of the beauty of our City Parks is the trees, so being able to treat and preserve nature, is key to our department’s mission.”
Tax-deductible contribution to “Adopt-An-Ash” should be sent to the Evansville Parks Foundation, P.O. Box 3112, Evansville, IN 47730. Please note that the funds are for the treatment of city-owned Ash Trees.