2017 Longfellow Ash Tree Project

About the issue:

We are in the midst of an emerald ash borer invasion. Emerald Ash Borers are well established in Greater Longfellow. If you have an ash tree on your property, chances are that it is already infested even if it appears healthy. Once ash trees begin to show signs of infestation, it is likely too late to treat them. 

Once private trees are visibly infested, the City will mandate that they be removed. At that point, it will be the responsibility of the homeowner to pay for removal, which can cost an average of $1,000 – $1,700. Ash trees in Greater Longfellow are disappearing quickly, but you can take steps to protect your tree or help mitigate the community impact of the EAB.

Check out some of the resources below available to residents in Greater Longfellow.

Resources for Greater Longfellow Residents:

Help! I have an ash tree! Decision-making diagram

(A project of the LCC Environment Committee)

Longfellow Ash Tree Treatment Cost-Sharing Program   

LCC is running a cost-sharing program to help residents treat ash trees on their private property. Residents that are selected for the program will receive a free tree inspection by Rainbow Tree Care. If the tree is treatable, the resident will be eligible for a 50% discount on treatment cost, with funding assistance by LCC. Eligibility will be based on available funds. 

To apply for this cost-sharing program, submit an application online by Friday, May 12th, 2017

          Cost-Sharing Program Timeline:
           – Deadline for applications: Friday, May 12th
           – Notification of eligibility: Friday, May 26th
           – Preliminary inspections: Wednesday, June 7th
           – Payment deadline: Monday, June 26th*
           – Treatment: Final week of June

          * Note: If payment is not received by June 26th, the slot will be filled with an eligible resident from the waiting list. 

Longfellow Ash Tree Treatment Discount  

If you are not selected for the cost-sharing program, you can still receive a discounted rate to treat trees on your property. Rainbow Tree Care is generously offering a bulk discount on ash tree treatment. The discount is available to Greater Longfellow residents for the treatment of eligible, healthy trees.  Contact Rainbow Tree Care to have an ash tree evaluated for treatment and receive the discount.

Trees Available For Planting 

LCC’s Environment Committee is working with the Tree Trust to organize a tree sale exclusively for Longfellow residents in September 2017. Stay tuned for more information, or visit the Environment Committee page and sign up for email updates or get involved with planning.