JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's official Arbor Day celebration is taking place in Johnson to recognize local efforts to prepare for the possible arrival of an invasive forest pest, the emerald ash borer.
Gov. Peter Shumlin has designated Vermont's official Arbor Day on Friday to celebrate ash tree awareness week, which runs through Saturday.
Vermont has an estimated 60 million ash trees.
State officials say local leaders in Johnson have launched a five-town effort that focuses on planning for arrival of the forest pest which threatens ash trees. The five communities are doing inventories of ash trees.
The pest has not been found in Vermont, but it has been found in neighboring states and Quebec.
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