From Howard County Website: Due to emerald ash borer infestation, Howard County’s Department of Public Works’ removal of ash trees along various county-owned roadways has begun.

Weather permitting, the trees (stumps and all) will be removed by the end of winter with all trees replaced, where appropriate, by this spring or fall 2019. The county will not be removing any trees located on private property.

Roadways included in Ellicott City are:

Berkshire Lane, Bonnybridge Place, Broken Lute Way, Castlehill Court, Century Drive, Clubhouse Court, Dorsey Hill Drive, Glenbrook Drive, Globe Drive, Middle Meadow Road, Mount Hebron Drive, Old Dragon Path, Rumsey Road, Savoy Court, Tuscany Road, Weatherstone Drive, Wildwood Way.

Ash trees are the most common type of landscaping tree used in the United States. The emerald ash borer is a serious, exotic, invasive insect that feeds on and can cause significant damage to ash trees, including death, particularly in one to three years after infestation. The insect is not harmful to humans. Signs of the emerald ash borer infestation include death of twigs and branches at the treetops, discolored leaves, water sprouts and D-shaped holes in the bark where the larvae emerge. Residents who spot signs of infestation on their ash trees are asked to contact Maryland

Department of Agriculture (MDA) at 410-841-5920. For more information on the emerald ash borer, visit MDA’s website at For questions or concerns about the ash tree removal, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440 or email

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