Gentle reminder: don’t transport firewood
In addition to their beauty, ash trees offer ecological and economic benefits, including;
- Produce oxygen and store carbon dioxide;
- Create shade, thus maintaining cold water habitats needed by native fish species
- Prevent erosion and contribute to wetlands;
- Provide raw materials used in flooring, furniture, tool handles, baseball bats, and other secondary wood products.
Here’s how to tell whether an ash tree might be infested with the emerald ash borer:
- A “D-shaped” hole in the bark, measuring an eighth of an inch wide, through which the adult beetle evacuated the tree.
- Unusually high woodpecker activity caused by the additional feeding opportunities posed by the emerald ash borer larvae.
The insects are only 1/4 inch long. If you think you’ve spotted an infested ash tree, contact APHIS, a unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.