Thank you to all who generously donated to protect our neighborhood park ash trees against the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. Collectively as a neighborhood, we were able to adopt and treat every healthy and eligible Ash tree, which totaled 23 trees in Tenney park, 2 in Reynolds park, and another 11 in James Madison park! This is truly an outstanding community accomplishment!
Each of these trees has now been treated by our local Madison-based contractor, Tree Health Management, who did fantastic work taking care of our Ash. They used the city-approved Tree-age insecticide, which is effective against both current and future EAB infestation in the trees and provides complete protection for at least 3 years. They also wrapped the trees with a characteristic green ribbon to help residents identify the adopted trees. Similarly, the City of Madison Parks Department has permanently marked the adopted trees with blue spray paint, and the TLNA has created maps to help us all keep track of and facilitate future treatment efforts (see map.tenneytrees.org).
Many thanks to all who participated and helped make this campaign a success. It was a true neighborhood-wide effort, requiring the collaboration of everyone from our Alder, to City Parks staff, to the many neighbors who helped raise awareness and spread the word. Most importantly, sincerest thanks (and congratulations!) to each and every person who donated and made this campaign such a huge success!
Next time you find yourself in one of our beautiful parks, spend an extra moment to stand in awe of one of the extra 36 iconic Ash trees that now remain growing strong. Not only do these trees provide the same great shade, enjoyment, and aesthetic that they always have, but they now also stand as monuments to the wonderful resolve, generosity, and care of our loving neighborhood.
TLNA Parks committee