Tree Commission

Community Preparedness: Ash Trees and Emerald Ash Borer Tree Infestations, Questions and Answers

**New: Winterset Tree Commision Disease and Dead Tree Readiness Plan

1. How do I identify an Ash Tree?

a. We suggest using the ISU Forestry web site. It has a variety of resources that are free and downloadable that can assist you. ISU Forestry Extension Website

b. Another resource is the Madison County ISU Extension office, asking for a Master Gardener for assistance.

2. How do I identify an infected tree with Emerald Ash Borer?

We recommend using such tools located on websites ISU Forestry; ISU Master Gardener; and DNR (See links below).

a. Contact a profession Arborist and ISU Forestry Department professional. The local extension office or the ISU Extension website has contacts listed.

b. See link: Planning for Emerald Ash Borer

3. How do I dispose of infected wood in Madison County?

Currently the option is to dispose of the wood at the county landfill. The Tree Commission is working on additional options, so watch for updates to this document. In addition connect to the DNR link. There are instructions listed on reporting.

a. See links: Iowa DNR, Emerald Ash Borer and Iowa DNR, Why Plant Iowa Native Grown Trees?

4. What are treatment options for Emerald Ash Borer infected trees?

There a couple of options and facts to consider before decided what to do with the infected tree or preventing the infestation. We recommend you check out the following web sites to assist you in making a good decision for your situations:

a. ISU  Forestry Extension: Planning for Emerald Ash Borer

b. Iowa Dept. of Agriculture: Certified Pesticide Applicator Database Searches

5. Is there a city ordinance for Dead Trees in Winterset?

At this time Winterset does not have a city ordinance to guide the city’s dead tree removal. However, the Tree Commission is working to recommend an ordinance presently. So be sure to check for updates to the Q&A document. ISU Forestry Department and the Arbor Foundation have a sample ordinance to guide the commission.

6. What would be a good replacement tree?

We suggest you check out the following websites:

a. The ISU Extension Forestry website has numerous resources that can guide your selection for replacement trees

b. Department of Natural Resources Iowa 

7. Who do I contact for more information related to Tree Commission Community Preparedness activities?

We suggest you contact John Pletchette at City Hall or attend monthly Tree Commission Meeting.

8. What resources are available to have an infected or dead tree remove in Winterset?

a. There are currently no city funds set aside specifically for tree removal at the current time to assist homeowners. City departments work together to trim and remove trees in the right ways as time allows. (Pending question to city council.)

b. See Iowa DNR: Emerald Ash Borer

If you have additional questions, click here to email Pam Deichmann.