Ash Tree in Toledo

(Toledo, OH) This ash tree might be a rare sight in the near future, given emerald ash borer crisis that threatens billions of American ash trees.

I have never paid much attention to white and green ashes, given their ubiquity, but I plan to photograph as many of them as I can in my neighborhood while they are still common.

Of course, there are plenty of people who would be happy with cutting down all of their trees, adding landscape lighting, and turning their natural spaces into electrified party zones, but that is another story.


Anonymous Amy Stone, OSU Extension said...

As I prepared this week for a group of Foresters coming in from Wisconsin to learn more about the emerald ash borer and see the impact of the insect, the impact of the insect in areas across NW Ohio is "spreading". Each time I am out in the community, additional trees are exhibiting the signs and symptoms of this exotic insect detected for the 1st time in the states in June of 2002.

Streets and landscapes once shaded by the ash canopy are now thin, dying, or completely dead. Some homeowners are choosing to protect their tree with insecticides. Although not a guarantee and applications are recommended every year, research is showing promise both at Michigan State University and Ohio State University. For those with woodlands, managing that forest is so important for the longterm health woods. There are some educational websites that are host to everything one might want to know about the emerald ash borer. Check them out www.ashalert.osu and www.emeraldashborer.info Once at the sites, there are links to other cooperating agencies from many states either battling or preparing to battle the bug.

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