The emergence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has become one of the most costly events to affect the Village of Buffalo Grove in recent years. The EAB is an exotic beetle, whose larvae feed on the inner bark of Ash Trees, which prevent the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Eventually, every Ash Tree needs to be removed in the village. Some residents are requesting to treat the Ash Trees on their property, but the success rate of that treatment is not very high.
One of the common questions residents have is, "Is my tree an Ash tree?" Using the newly available Public Tree Inventory, residents can now view every tree in the village using MapOffice. As you can see in the map above, residents have the ability to view Ash Trees, Other Trees, Removals, and EAB Resident Treatment locations. If the user clicks on any of the trees, a table will appear that explains the last maintenance work that was completed for that tree location, as well as the details of the tree itself. Without the help of GIS, residents would have to rely on their own knowledge of the various tree species to learn about the trees adjacent to their property.