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dc.contributor.authorPfisterer, Nathan E.-
dc.contributor.authorBeane, Nathan R.-
dc.contributor.authorWeber, Christopher R.-
dc.creatorEnvironmental Laboratory (U.S.)-
dc.identifier.govdocERDC/EL TN-23-1 Rev. 1-
dc.descriptionTechnical Noteen_US
dc.description.abstractThe US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for stewardship of approximately 12.5 million acres across the United States. USACE’s Environmental Stewardship program mission is to protect, preserve, and restore significant ecological resources on USACE project lands. Since the early 2000s, non-native and invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in the US, becoming the most destructive and costly invasive forest insect in North America. This research effort estimates the cost of managing EAB damage to USACE projects including treatment, removal, or removal and replacement of dying/dead ash trees. The results suggest potential impact to more than 122,800 USACE project acres in currently infested counties including 181,000 ash trees. While not all damaged trees require removal, many USACE recreation sites have ash trees that pose an increased risk to humans and structures thus requiring removal of EAB infected trees. The widespread and pervasive impacts of EAB will have significant costs associated with removal and replacement of ash trees that could be hazardous to recreational users at the projects. Data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) database, and methods developed by Kovacs et al. (2010) were utilized to calculate yearly present value costs of EAB to USACE projects from 2006-2026. Overall EAB impacts are estimated at $121.6 million across 201 USACE projects evaluated in this study. Increased efforts to limit EAB spread and perform measures of control are warranted to reduce potential cost to USACE.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUnited States. Army. Corps of Engineers.en_US
dc.format.extent16 pages / 1.64 MB-
dc.publisherEngineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTechnical Note (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/EL TN-23-1 Rev. 1-
dc.relation.isversionofThis is a revised version of ERDC/EL TN-23-1, released originally in February of 2023. That earlier version should be considered superseded by this one.-
dc.rightsApproved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited-
dc.sourceThis Digital Resource was created in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat-
dc.subjectIntroduced organismsen_US
dc.subjectEmerald ash boreren_US
dc.subjectAsh (Plants)en_US
dc.titleEstimating present value cost of invasive Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) on USACE project landsen_US
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