The future of ash trees

By Erica Hupp
The US Department of Agriculture
February 28, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle native to Asia, is one of the most destructive invasive species in North America. These tiny pests killed tens of millions of ash trees in the northeast – and continue to this day. …In Maine, a coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, tribal members, state and federal foresters, conservation groups, and local communities have been working for the past twenty years to prepare for the onset of emerald ash borer in northeastern forests. The group, called the Ash Protection Collaboration Across Wabanakik, is focused on identifying research-informed strategies to protect the future of ash trees. …As this invasive beetle spreads, it is important to collect as much seed as possible in geographically diverse locations. Seeds collected will also be used for research to identify ash trees with possible genetic resistance to emerald ash borers.

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