It's been about a month since emerald ash borer (EAB) presence was detected in Forest Grove, OR. The South Santiam Watershed Council, like many other councils in the area, has used native ash extensively in riparian vegetation projects and we are hopeful that these plantings will remain unscathed. We plant at high densities, as well, so if EAB do arrive locally, and ash sustain damage and mortality, we hope that other species will remain robust. Oregon has been planning for the arrival of EAB, and links to more information, including Oregon's response plan and a podcast from OSU Extension, are in our bio. This news is disheartening, but we have tools and techniques to work with, an awareness of the situation, and the strength of partnership on our side.