The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) (Agrilus Planipennis) is an invasive wood-boring beetle native to East Asia. It is believed the pest was transported to the United States from China. It was discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002 and has since spread to several eastern and midwestern states and Canada. The village began planning for an EAB infestation in 2009. The presence of the beetle was confirmed in several private trees in the northeast area of the Village in 2016.
Like its water, sewer, or road systems, Shorewood's urban forest is an asset that must be carefully managed to maximize both its lifespan and its economic and ecological benefit to the community. Unlike other capital infrastructure, the value of the urban forest appreciates over time.
In 2009, the Village of Shorewood Forestry Division developed an Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Plan to outline the impacts of an EAB infestation in the village and to identify the essential personnel, procedures, and resources - both human and fiscal - to combat the beetle. An update of the original plan is currently in progress.
The goal of the plan is to minimize the economic, aesthetic, and ecological impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer on the Village of Shorewood. Please access a copy of Shorewood's EAB Readiness Plan (PDF).
Shorewood's EAB Management Strategies