WHAT IS IT? The number of ash trees located within proximity of power lines within OPPD’s service territory. Utility foresters surveyed distribution lines in the district’s 5,000-mile territory, looking for ash trees threatened by Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
- 2016: EAB was first spotted in Nebraska.
- Quick-moving: Once the invasive insect is found in an area, it spreads quickly.
- Damage: Infested trees die from within, as their trunks weaken.
- Safety hazard: Dying trees snap at the trunk base, crashing down on whatever is nearby, including power lines.
- Responsibility: Property owners are responsible for treating treating or removing ash trees.
Utility foresters are dedicated to proper tree planting and care, and to keeping them from threatening electric service reliability. They urge those with ash trees on their property to check with a certified arborist for the best course of action.