Crow’s Nest: More ash trees removed

January 24, 2019

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Over the last week we’ve completed the next major round of ash tree removals—trees along roadsides that are dying from the introduced insect pest Emerald Ash Borer. By the time the bark is showing the orange layer chipped off by woodpeckers seeking the borers, you’re out of time.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

We took down 20 more trees along the roads and/or in the wires. We gave away many truckloads of firewood to neighbors, and chipped the brush. A few trees we dropped into the woods and left to rot there, stabilizing the soil and creating a nursery for seedlings of new trees. It’s really sad to see these trees go but that’s the reality we’re dealing with post-EAB.

Photo: Daniel Barringer