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 Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was first found in Michigan in 2002. Since then it has spread to 21 states including Iowa, Kansas, and Colorado. The native eastern Asia beetle kills Ash trees by tunneling beneath the bark and threatens to wipe out Nebraska's 40 million Ash trees. EAB is easily transported long distances in infested firewood and it is highly suggested that one does not carry firewood when traveling.

The City of Omaha Parks & Recreation Department has 12 certified Arborists constantly looking for this invasive insect and has started taking steps to prepare for the devastating damage that it will create in Omaha's tree canopy.

There are treatment options available for EAB, but they are not recommended until it is found within 15 miles from your area.  Treatment is usually good for two years, depending on the product. Keep in mind, not all ash trees are good candidates for treatment. Trees that are in decline, in poor locations, or have any defects should be removed.  Also, it is recommended to remove and replace trees that are 8" in diameter or smaller. 

Please remember you must first obtain a permit to plant or remove any tree on City of Omaha property and that any person engaging in the business of arboriculture must first obtain an arborist license with the City of Omaha. A State of Nebraska Applicators License is also required if any treatments are being performed so please protect yourself from unlicensed companies.

The following websites include more resources to answer any EAB questions, including suggestions on what to replace your ash tree with:

www.emeraldashborer.info
https://nfs.unl.edu/nebraska-eab

The Impact of EAB in Omaha:
48,200 trees are on City of Omaha right of ways. 6,482 are Ash.
32,339 trees are in maintained park areas. 3,873 are Ash.
1507 trees are on the right of way in Regency. 797 are Ash.
448 trees are in Ramble Ridge. 166 are Ash.
There are 336 Ash trees along Abbott Drive.
352,603 trees in unmaintained park areas, 23,270 are Ash.

The Omaha Parks Foundation is partners with the City of Omaha Forestry Division on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) epidemic in an effort to raise public awareness of EAB and the steps everyone can take to prevent its spread and replace trees where needed.

News and Events

  • Trail and Park Closings Due to Flooding

    2019-03-14 21:14:40

    Due to the increased water levels/flooding, the following trails/parks have been closed: Portions of the Zorinsky Lake Trail Lamp Park  NP Dodge Park Bob Kerrey Bridge - Closed Lewis and Clark Landing  ...

  • NP Dodge Park CLOSED Due To Elevated River Levels

    2019-03-14 15:27:04

    (Omaha, NE – March 14th, 2019) – Due to heavy rains and the rising levels of the Missouri River, the City of Omaha Parks Department will be closing NP Dodge Park effective immediately.  Facility ...

  • Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge - CLOSED

    2019-01-25 17:29:16

    Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge CLOSED The Bob Kerrey Bridge is CLOSED to the public.  Due to the flooding of the Missouri River, the power to the bridge has been temporarily turned off. With these current condit ...

  • 144th Street Trail Closure

    2018-11-09 16:54:58

    144th Street Trail Closure (Omaha, NE) – November 9th, 2018 - The east portion of the 144th Street Trail between West Maple Road and Eagle Run Drive will close on Monday, November 12, 2018 so that MUD can work on a wa ...