Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Chopped: The Emerald Ash Borer

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The Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic beetle found in Michigan in 2002. It has since begun to spread and destroy Ash trees in parts of the United States and Canada. Here at the Cox Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio, they've found the EAB and they've had to take action. For more information about the EAB, go here to learn more.

Trees are cut down all over the arboretum.
The sign explains why. It says, "The Dot Marks The Spot. Ash trees with white dots are part of a study on how to handle the advance of the Emerald Ash Borer."
Marked for death?
Another sign explaining that this tree has been left behind to show the damage. I'm not sure if it has been disinfected, but I imagine they have removed the EAB.
Here's a close up of the damage.
If you are transporting wood, stop. Don't take your firewood across state lines. Just burn it at home.


KaHolly said...

Ahh, yes. We are having a similar problem in Cape Breton with our fir trees. It's so sad.

Leora said...

I wonder how they (think they) will solve the problem. In our town, they now plant a variety of trees, so if one gets a disease, the others, hopefully, won't be infected.

Carver said...

That's a good tip about not transporting fire wood across state line. It's amazing how fast an infestation can spread.

MyMaracas said...

Yeah, they're here in our area already. We have a LOT of ash trees in our woods, and we know they're all doomed.

We've begun considering which ones are worth attempting to treat with insecticide, and whether that's worth the threat to the frogs and other critters here. We're scouting around for replacement species to plant too. It sucks deeply.

EG Wow said...

Unfortunately, the green ash borer is currently crossing Ontario. Very sad!

Rambling Woods said...

This is an important post. We have had 3 of our trees treated by injection for this and hope to save them..this is going to change the entire look of NY parks and many other places...Michelle

Leontien said...

hmm that doesn't look good. I know in Europe they have some other kind of beetle witch destroys trees. sad to see...

Thanks for sharing