Did you know that most of the trees located in the streetscapes throughout the city are the property of Lindon City?
Because these trees are the property of the city, as a resident you must contact Lindon City and gain permission before pruning, caring for, or removing any tree that lies on city property. In most cases, the city will provide this service at no expense to the homeowner. Should you believe that a tree needs attention, please feel free to contact the city offices and we will be more than happy to send a crew out to inspect the tree. If you are unsure whether a tree falls on your property or is the property of the city, please contact our offices and we will advise you. Please be aware that pruning, damaging or removing any city tree without permission from Lindon City is a Class C Misdemeanor and can result in possible fines for the removal and replanting of a new tree. Thank you for assisting us in maintaining the integrity of the streetscapes that have been planned for your neighborhoods.
Click here to read the Lindon City Tree Care Ordinance.
January 28, 2016 – During the January Meeting of the Lindon Tree Advisory Board, the Board voted unanimously to remove the Ash (Fraxius) from the Lindon Recommended Tree Planting Guide. This is due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) that has invaded the U.S.
Lori Spears, USU CAPS coordinator explains, “The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive pest that specializes on ash trees, and is considered to be the most destructive forest insect to ever invade the U.S. In 2002, EAB was first detected in the U.S. in Michigan, and is thought to have arrived in wood packing material from its native Asia. Since then, EAB has been found in more than 20 mid-western and eastern states, killing more than 50 million ash trees.
In September of 2013, EAB was found in Boulder, Colorado, and is now on Utah’s front door. We have not yet encountered EAB in Utah, but this pest does pose a significant risk of introduction and establishment. Further, evidence suggests that EAB is generally established in an area for several years before it is detected (see USDA’s EAB Pest Alert for more information).
Obvious signs of EAB damage include thinning of the tree’s canopy, new growth at the base of the tree, bark splits, and woodpecker feeding. Once damage is noticed, however, it is already too late; an EAB infestation is nearly always fatal to the tree. When EAB is found in an area, federal quarantines are enforced to prevent ash timber from being moved out of infested areas.EAB adults are bright, metallic, eerald-colored insects and are only about one-half inch long. In the spring, the adults will lay eggs on ash bark, and are particularly attracted to compounds given off by stressed ash trees. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae will bore into the tree, eating the bark and creating S-shaped galleries, where they will eventually pupate and overwinter. The next spring, the new adults will emerge from the tree, leaving behind distinctive D-shaped exit holes. The larvae are the damaging stage of this pest and kill trees by destroying the tree’s water and nutrient conducting tissues.
The Utah Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program team has been conducting pest detection surveys for EAB, and is hoping to conduct surveys for EAB again next year in addition to teaching workshops to help inform the public about this pest. If you are interested in participating in these workshops, watch for updates on the Utah CAPS program website. We will know the status of these workshops by mid-summer.
EAB is primarily spread by movement of infested wood by humans. Therefore, we encourage the public to help stop the spread of EAB by not moving firewood and burning wood where you buy it. Also, if you have ash trees in your yard, please check them periodically for signs of EAB. The sooner EAB is detected, the easier and cheaper it will be to control. If you suspect you have EAB in your area, please contact Lori Spears (USU CAPS coordinator; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Clint Burfitt (State Entomologist; email@example.com). Since EAB looks similar to other insects, it is important that trained entomologists examine suspect specimens.
Although EAB has not been found it Utah, the Lindon Tree Advisory Board encourages residents to choose from the many great tree varieties available at your local nursery’s. Great alternative trees could be the Ginkgo Biloba, Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioica), Golden Rain Tree (Koeireuteria paniculata) and many others. We encourage tree planting and encourage residents to consult your local nursery professionals.