Jun 13, 2013

Officials declare success over Asian longhorned beetle

State and Federal Officials Declare Success Over Asian Longhorned Beetle

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYS DAM) and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have declared Manhattan and Staten Island, N.Y. to be free of the invasive wood boring insect, the Asian longhorned beetle.

Click here to read the NYS DAM press release

Click here to read the APHIS press release

Photo credit: Michael Bohne,

May 10, 2013

"EA Village Considers Tree Matters" - Local news article from East Aurora, NY

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 2:00 am

The emerald ash borer: though not a problem in East Aurora now, it could be soon. That was Tree Board Chairman Nancy Johnson's message for the Village Board at its May 6 meeting.

“It's kind of up to you how you want to proceed,” Johnson said. “We do feel this year is the time to act – we can't promise the ash borer will get here this summer, but it is very likely. It's been spotted as close as eight miles from the village.”

Board member Kevin Biggs agreed about the issue's urgency, saying that “it's not a matter of if the ash borer is coming; it's a matter of when.”

According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the emerald ash borer is an Asian beetle first discovered in the United States in Michigan in 2002. The insects infests and kills North American ash species—most trees die within two to four years of becoming infested. The emerald ash borer is responsible for the destruction of more than 50 million ash trees in the U.S. since its discovery, the DEC website reports.

Johnson estimated that there are about 100 ash trees in the village right of way and about two dozen in Hamlin Park. The Tree Board stopped planting ash trees about 10 years ago because of the threat from the ash borers, so any ash trees in the village are mature.

“That's why we think they're worth saving, because some of them already are older and bigger trees, and some of them are in important places in the village,” Johnson said.

There are several ways to inoculate ash trees against the emerald ash borers, including spraying pesticides and also injecting them. Trustee Libby Weberg voiced concern that the pesticides used can be harmful to birds, but Johnson said her DEC contacts refuted that claim. First of all, the birds that feed on borer larvae are only attracted to live insects, so insects who die due to the pesticide would not appeal to them. Ash trees are also wind-pollinated, so bees wouldn't be affected, either.

“Anything that only feeds on ash trees is at risk anyways, since if the ash dies, its food source will be gone,” Johnson pointed out. “It's a little bit of a double-edged sword.”

Tree Board member Jesse Griffis added that because of the potential environmental impact, the group would “absolutely” recommend the injection method of pesticide application over conventional spraying. The village doesn't have anyone licensed to administer the pesticide, so an outside contractor would have to be hired. An average-sized tree would cost about $50 to inoculate, meaning costs would be roughly $6,000 overall.

Trustee Patrick Shea, saying he was playing devil's advocate, suggested only inoculating the larger ash trees. He said the money saved could be used to purchase new trees that won't be in danger from the borers.

Griffis said although all the ash trees in the village are fairly mature, he agreed with Shea that “there are some we'd miss less.” Johnson said the board should also consider the costs of removing a dead tree once the ash borers had destroyed it—because the insects can travel in firewood and wood chips, the ash trees would have to be burned to be properly disposed of.

“There is a cost to removal, and it is quite high,” Johnson said. “You could cover three, six, nine years of inoculation before you reach the costs of [removal.] If you have a nice, big, mature tree that is healthy, the value of that tree is so high.”

The pesticide would have to be reapplied every year, as it is injected into the sap and is transported to the leaves, which borer larvae eat and then die from. When the leaves fall, the pesticide's effects go with them. However, once the borers hit the area, it will be years before they return.

Trustee Randy West asked Johnson and Griffis to begin collecting quotes for the inoculations so the village could get a more concrete idea of the costs. Village Administrator Bryan Gazda said money for the inoculations will most likely come from the shade trees line in the budget, but that he would take a closer look at other options for additional funds. The board will talk again about the issue at its next meeting, on May 20.

In other news, Johnson also asked the board to formalize the Memorial Tree Program. Although the tree board is often coordinating the planting of trees in memory of certain individuals, the program is not officially recognized by the village. The board voted unanimously to change that, making it a formal village program. It comes as no cost to the village, as the inquiring person pays for the tree—all the village provides is personnel to plant it.

© 2013 Neighbor-to-Neighbor News, Inc.. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


May 10, 2013


2014 U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program


Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP) and Application Instructions

The Secretary of Agriculture has a congressionally designated advisory council that assists the U.S. Forest Service in establishing the grant categories and recommendations of final proposals for the Forest Service to consider. This is the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council). The Council serves to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the status of the nation’s urban and community forests and related natural resources. The Council seeks to establish sustainable urban and community forests, by encouraging communities of all sizes to manage and protect their natural resources, which, if well managed, improves the public’s health, well-being, economic vitality, and creates resilient ecosystems for present and future generations.
Urban and Community Forestry Program Requirements
The Council recommends urban and community forestry projects that have national or multi-state application and impact through the U.S. Forest Service’s competitive Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. A proposal’s content must meet the Urban and Community Forestry program authorities as designated by Congress in the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, (Section 9 PDF, pp. 19-24)] and the annual criteria set forth by the Council. A listing of the previously funded projects can be viewed at
Urban and Community Forestry: The art, science, and technology of managing trees, forests, and natural systems on public lands in and around cities, suburbs, and towns for the health and well-being of all people.
Underserved Communities: Underserved Communities are communities that do not receive equitable financial and technical assistance as other communities might, in maximizing the benefits from the conservation and management of their natural resources. In this context we consider underserved as low income, under represented racial / ethnic minorities; Native Americans; people with disabilities and the elderly.
Nontraditional: Organizations, agencies, businesses not traditionally involved in urban and community forestry.
Available Funding: The U.S. Forest Service anticipates that the statutory authority (Sub Title 9 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act) for the Fiscal Year 2014 Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Program may provide, approximately $900,000 in grant funds to be awarded through the 2014 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. Funds are to support national urban and community forestry projects on nonfederal public land that have a national or widespread impact and application. All awards are based on the availability of funding, which may be subject to change.
Eligible Applicants: Any U.S. non-Federal organization, operating within the United States or its territories, may apply for the Challenge Cost-Share grant. While collaboration with Federal agencies is encouraged, a Federal agency may not receive funding or be used as match to the Federal funds being requested. Individuals and private land are not eligible. The Forest Service will address any conflicts of interest.
If an entity has a local/State tree-planting projects, capital improvements to property of any ownership, and/or projects that have only a local impact and applicability are not eligible and they should contact their State Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for assistance in identifying funding alternatives at the local level. The list of State Coordinators may be found at the following website:
Matching Requirements: All grant funds must be matched at least equally (dollar for dollar) with non-Federal source funds. This match may include in-kind donations, volunteer assistance, and private and public (non-federal) monetary contributions. All matching funds must be directly related to the proposed project. The source of matching funds must be identified and grantees must comply with all applicable Federal regulations.
Award, Reporting and Presentations: The Forest Service will notify a grant recipient of their award and when they may proceed. Written progress reports are to be submitted bi-annually to their respective Forest Service Urban Forestry Program Manager for verification and approval. Financial progress reports are required to be submitted quarterly.
Grantees may also be asked to present, in person/webcast, their project progress report at one of the Councils’ annual meetings. The Forest Service shall be notified, thirty days prior to an active grant’s information or data being presented to the public or peers.
Grant Writing Assistance: There are various internet sites that provide valuable grant writing tips and guidance for developing competitive grant proposals. One in particular is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance website at:
Acknowledgement of the U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program. All applicants that receive grant awards will be required to acknowledge the Forest Service and the National Urban and Community Advisory Council in any written, electronic, or verbal, documents, websites, publications, emails, video, photos, power points, webinars etc. that the Federal grant dollars supported.
Written statements may use:
“This project is funded in full or in part by the U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program as recommended by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council.”
Inquiries: All questions regarding the program should be directed to Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff to the Council, at (202) 205-7829 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern).
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council seeks innovative (new, cutting-edge or builds upon existing studies) grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address strategies in the Ten Year Action Plan. Specifically for this Request for Proposals, the Council is considering proposals to address the following priority issues:
  • Making Urban Trees and Forests More Resilient to the Impacts of Natural Disasters and the Long-term Impacts of Climate Change
  • Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis
  • Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality
Application Deadlines
Pre-proposals must be posted to or courier hard copies received by 11:59 PM Eastern, July 15, 2013.
Pre-proposals selected for full proposals will be (tentatively) due by 11:59 PM Eastern, November 15, 2013.
The U.S. Forest Service typically will award the successful projects as Federal Financial Assistance Grants no later than September 30, 2014.
For Application, visit: