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Sep 2017 | Tax & Spend

BE A SMART ASH: DENVER PREPARES RESIDENTS TO BATTLE EMERALD ASH BORER
SARA DAVIS, CITY OF DENVER

By combining big data, ash trees and a city government hell-bent on winning the attention of its residents, the Denver City Forester has encouraged residents to embrace their inner Smart Ash. The Be A Smart Ash movement - an unexpectedly irreverent, city-driven, five-year campaign launched in 2016 – has rallied citizens to protect Denver’s ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The goal? To encourage residents to be smart about their ashes — take action, identify ash trees and (when necessary) treat or replace them.

 

 

“One in six trees in the city and county of Denver is an ash tree, so it’s vital that residents understand how they can save their ash trees and protect the city’s urban forest.”

 

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