Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Treehugger Tuesday

From the website "Earther":

America's Ash Trees Are Being Wiped Out—Here's How You Can Help Them
Erin Biba
Tuesday 12:45pm

America’s Ash trees are facing extinction. And the impact of their loss in our forests, cities, and backyards will not be small.

The United States’ eight billion ash trees, which live in every state with high concentrations east of Colorado and along the Pacific Northwest coast, are threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle native to Russia and China that was likely brought here on ships in the mid-1990s. By the time the Borers were discovered in 2002, it was too late to stop them. Researchers are calling the beetle the most serious threat to forests ever seen in the US. Millions of trees across the Midwest are already dead, and today, the Borers are spreading quickly across the Northeast.

However, at a Saving the American Ash summit at The New York Botanical Garden last week, researchers said there is hope, at least of preventing the Ash’s complete annihilation. Homeowners, citizen scientists, and anyone concerned about the fate of one of our country’s most ubiquitous trees can help.

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