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Posted on: July 7, 2020

Tree Maintenance Information for Residents:

As the summer progresses, the Town is seeing an increase in calls for tree concerns.  The Town is working to address the current impact of the Emerald Ash Borer on our local population of Ash trees.  We anticipate that there will be an increase in the amount of Ash trees that will need to be taken down as a result of the infestation. 


How do you know if you have an Ash tree?  An Ash tree is marked by: compound leaves with 5 - 11 leaflets that have a smooth or finely toothed outer edge, branches in pairs directly across from each other, and mature bark has diamond-shaped ridges.  The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive beetle that is infesting North American Ash tree species.  When the tree becomes infested, the tree canopy will show signs of die-back, yellowing, and browning of leaves. According to the NYS DEC, the trunk of the tree will have large strips of bark falling off, revealing S-shaped larval galleries. Most trees will die within 2 - 4 years of an infestation.


There are many factors to be considered when dealing with a tree that is diseased or at risk of falling.  Trees that reside in a Park District, Conservation or Drainage Easement are handled differently than trees residing in Town-owned lands, or within the Town’s Right-of-Way.  The Town will be reaching out to homeowners that have trees identified as at-risk of falling into or across a Town Right-of-Way.  Proactive evaluation and threat mitigation will help to ensure the safety of your property.  Removing the canopy of the tree can lessen the threat of the tree falling onto roadways or existing structures.


For homeowners that are concerned about a tree(s) on their property, the first step is to complete the new online tree evaluation form on the Town’s website.  You will be asked to provide details about the tree(s) including location and description of the tree.  The form will then be reviewed by Town Staff for proper mitigation.  To complete the tree evaluation form, please use this link: ci.webster.ny.us/568/Tree-Maintenance.


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