The U.S. Conference of Mayors
2007 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
TOURISM, ARTS, PARKS ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS

COMBATING THE EMERALD ASH BORER IN OUR NATION'S CITIES

WHEREAS, the ash tree, which makes up six percent of the nation's forests and parks, provides an urban canopy for America's cities; and

WHEREAS, the emerald ash borer has devastated ash trees throughout the country, costing cities millions of dollars to remove and replace infested ash trees; and

WHEREAS, in fewer than five years, the emerald ash borer has infested more than thirty million ash trees in America and continues to pose a threat to the nation's remaining eight billion ash trees; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has instituted a federal quarantine on all timber from ash trees in Michigan's lower peninsula, Illinois, Indiana, Prince George's County, MD, and Ohio; and

WHEREAS, in addition to the states mentioned above, Maryland and Virginia have also reported outbreaks of the emerald ash borer; and

WHEREAS, although cities are working to develop action plans to help combat the spread of the emerald ash borer, more resources are needed;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the United States Congress should provide cities and localities all the necessary resources to help remove and replace trees infested by the emerald ash borer; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Congress also must work with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the U.S. Forest Service and other relevant agencies to insure that future outbreaks of the emerald ash borer do not occur; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Federal Government should work with cities and local governments to help increase public awareness programs on emerald ash borer infestation, so as to help prevent future outbreaks from occurring.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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