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Rochester Tree Recovery

Help communities such as Rochester replace the alarming number of ash trees falling victim to emerald ash borer.

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Emerald ash borer (EAB)—an invasive insect from Asia with no natural predator—has been attacking America’s native ash tree population since 2002. In 2009, the pest was discovered in New York (a state with more than 900 million ash trees), and it made its way to the community of Rochester by 2011. The millions of ash trees that help make up the city’s urban tree canopy have either died or are at high risk of succumbing to EAB. Unfortunately, not much success has been found to stop the devastation, and infected trees die within two to four years of infestation.

The Rochester Tree Recovery campaign was a partnership between the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, the City of Rochester, and the Arbor Day Foundation. With your help, the citizens of Rochester began to fill in the gaps left in the urban tree canopy by the massive loss of ash trees. These new trees will grow to shade their homes and revive their sense of community.


Environmental and Societal Impact of 1,000 Trees Over 40 Years info

  • Cooling Savings (kWh) = $134,666
  • Heating Savings (kBtu) = $446,266
  • Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $581,200
  • Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 2,853 tons
  • Air Pollution Reductions = 12 tons
  • Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 14,320,000 gallons

Community Tree Recovery is an initiative of the Arbor Day Foundation nationally sponsored by FedEx.