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EAB ash trees
Photo credit: National Forest Service

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.

Jodi Baker

About Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two children (a boy and a girl) and an allergy-ridden little Cairn Terrier.

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