What You Can Do To Help - Get Involved
- Learn more about trees- find a public education program through your local horticulture or extension agency.
- Serve on your community’s Shade Tree or Parks commission.
- Check the trees on your property in the Spring and late fall for general health and insect problems.
- Keep your eye on trees in public areas for obvious disease and insect damage.
- Don’t move firewood from one area to another. Human intervention is the main cause of the spread of non-native insects. If you are planning a trip to a camping or recreation area, buy your firewood when you get there.
- Use only certified, reputable tree care companies. Make sure your tree care company and lanscape/lawn care company have a way to properly dispose of tree debris.
- Support funding for the health and preservation of forests and urban trees, as well as tree planting.
- If you see an unusual insect or evidence of disease, report it to the appropriate authority, usually your local park or streets department, or your State agriculture department or Department of Natural Resources.
- Take the time to find out who is responsible for public trees and forests at the local and state level, so you know who to approach if you see a problem.