Mission Hills, Prairie Village begin Emerald Ash Borer response efforts

Prairie Village and Mission Hills are kicking into high gear in preparations to respond to the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer.

The Emerald Ash Borer is now confirmed in Johnson County.
The Emerald Ash Borer is now confirmed in Johnson County.

Mission Hills is in the process of having a Kansas Forester complete a thorough inventory of the 340 ash trees on city property, giving each ash a rating of poor, fair or good in the process. The city’s preliminary EAB response plan calls for the removal of all trees rated poor in 2013. Fair and good trees will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A report to the city council earlier this month notes that “some streets have only one or two ash trees, while others have a much higher density‚Ķ Where the density is higher and the loss would be more devastating, treatment would be more seriously considered.”

In Prairie Village, city officials recently sent a message to residents letting them know that arborists will be conducting an ash inventory and rating in the coming months. The city has developed a one-page overview of its rating criteria, which will inform how it proceeds with ash treatment and removal in 2014.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported its first confirmed EAB sighting in Johnson County in July