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Howard County Department of Public Works Ash Tree Removal Underway

December 28, 2018

Media Contact:
Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Due to emerald ash borer infestation, Howard County's Department of Public Works’ removal of ash trees along various county-owned roadways throughout Clarksville, Columbia, Cooksville, Dayton, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Glenelg and Glenwood 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.

The roadways included in this round of tree removal are:

  • Clarksville: Fawn Crossing, Chardon Court, Bright Memory Drive, Richardson Farm Lane
  • Columbia: Columbia Road, Cornshock Court, Garden Walk, Gentle Folk, Golden Seeds Row, Governor Warfield Parkway, Hayshed Lane, Jeweled Hand Circle, Langford Court. Limerick Court, Little Patuxent Parkway, Old Columbia Road, Orchard Green, Pyramid Way. Riverwood Drive, Roundtree Lane, Rustling Leaf, Seneca Farm Road, Sharp Antler, Starsplit Lane, Ten Mills Road, Upwoods Lane, Wheatsheaf Way
  • Cooksville: Monticello Drive, Oakdale Drive
  • Dayton: Linthicum Road
  • Elkridge: Calvert Drive, Clear Ridge Road, Deborah Jean Drive, Elk Mar Drive, Golden Crest, John Calvert Court, Marshalee Drive, Pebble Creek Drive, Saw Grass Court, Ulm Place
  • Ellicott City: 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
  • Glenelg: Headplay Court
  • Glenwood: Country Club Drive, Hunt Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Drive

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