Tree Warden, Invasive Species and Emerald Ash Borer 2020

TREE WARDEN

June 15, 2020 – The Grafton Selectboard is seeking a qualified person interested in being appointed Tree Warden. See the Tree Policy posted below and the Job Description posted here:

Tree Warden job description June 2020

If you meet the qualification set forth in the description and wish to be appointed to this position, please submit a letter of interest to the Town Administrator in Town Hall, 117 Main St., PO Box 180, Grafton 056146 or by email townadmin@graftonvt.org

GRAFTON TREE POLICY

Grafton 2020 Tree Policy June 1, 2020

INVASIVE SPECIES

See the article and treatment posted on Vermont Department of Parks, Forests and Recreation:

https://vtinvasives.org/gallery-of-land-invasives

Gallery of Land Invasives

Invasive species are plants, insects, and other organisms that were either accidentally or intentionally introduced from other places that cause harm to the things we value. Once established, invasive species can negatively impact agriculture, recreation, forestry, human heath, the environment, and the economy.

The Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, and hemlock woolly adelgid are of great concern to Vermont. These pests have already killed millions of trees in the U.S and Canada and have racked up huge ecological, recreational, and commercial costs. They alter the availability of habitat, shade, and shelter for wildlife. They also disrupt the food web, water cycle, and carbon cycle in forest ecosystems.

Non-native, invasive terrestrial plants are one of the greatest threats to the health of Northeastern forests. They negatively impact forest regeneration, forest structure, ecosystem function, recreation and wildlife habitat, are costly to manage, and can be harmful to human health. In Vermont, we have a Noxious Weed Quarantine, and an unofficial watchlist of other plants known to be invasive.

The threat of invasive species is not going away. It’s a long-term stewardship issue that must become a daily part of how we look at and care for the woods that provide us with beauty, recreation, forest products and our heritage.

Help us protect Vermont’s natural splendor: learn about invasive terrestrial plants and pests below.

EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB)

The Selectboard has been addressing this issue since 2019 and intends to organize and appoint members to a committee in 2020, one of the members of which will be the Tree Warden, soon to be appointed.   ANYONE INTERESTED AS SERVING ON THIS COMMITTEE, please contact Town Administrator.

Infestation Map 2020