Have you seen the signs stapled onto various trees along roads, in the Parade Ground, at the Town Center? These are tags identifying the tree as an ash tree. Why is this being done? You may have heard of the emerald ash borer. This emerald ash borer is infesting ash trees throughout the country and is now in Chittenden County. The Shelburne Tree Committee is in the process of inventorying the ash trees on public property and within town road right-of-ways to determine how many ash trees we have in Shelburne and will be working on an emerald ash borer management plan. The goal of this plan is to determine which ash trees are good candidates to be inoculated against the emerald ash borer and which ones should be removed due to poor health. Our goal is to try to identify and preserve as many ash trees as possible. We’ll work with residents and business owners to educate them on what ash trees look like and what they can do to be proactive in dealing with emerald ash borer in Shelburne.
Another project we have been working with the recreation committee on is landscape improvements at the beach. Over the past several years, we’ve helped with removal of dying or dead trees, guidance on tree species to replant and working with an UVM professor and his students on a landscape master plan. This year, several trees in poor health were removed and several new trees were planted, including a few red maples. A donation from Folino’s owners John Koerner and Sy Koerner enabled the addition of two new trees to be planted at the beach this fall. This generous $1,000 donation kicks off the Koerners’ mission to be carbon neutral. They are working with the 52 Kids Foundation in Uganda to plant 5,000 trees annually. John’s son, Jagger Koerner, co-founded the organization in 2005 with Frank Woitera. A large portion of the funds for trees planted in Uganda are made possible through the can returns at Folinos, as well as the “dough”nations made at the restaurant. To learn more about the foundation and the work they are doing, go to www.52kids.org