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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by thewoodlands, Aug 15, 2013.
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Yup. Just cut down my first dead one and its EAB for sure I can see all the ones that are still alive the canopy starting to thin, its only a matter of time.
For sure, when they run out of eating, they move on. We saw our first borer damage in 2002. Not sure how many trees we've cut since then but there have been lots for sure. Still lots to cut too and we have not yet had to toss any of the wood. We have had only one tree fall as it was getting some punk. It was not so far gone that we could not salvage the wood so after 10+ years of ash borer we are still cutting good firewood but sometimes we want to cry when looking at some spots of our woods.
All I can say is that the quarantine won't help. The borers do not know they are not supposed to cross county lines and it is extremely expensive and out of the question to spray. Also, do not panic. They will still be trees for a while. You will soon notice the trees will send out some new suckers, usually starting just 3 or 4' from the ground. That is a sign they are trying to stay alive, but they can't.
Around here, it has been so long we are beginning to worry about all the dead ash along the roadsides. Typical of these type situations, nothing will be done to most of the trees and some day, usually during a thunderstorm, some of those trees will blow over, hopefully missing people, cars and buildings. My fear is that they will not all miss and sooner or later they will hit a few people when they come down. I pray I am wrong.
Went to the Ag Progress Days fair today, talked to the PA Forestry guys down there (they had a booth set up). They're saying we've got an even BIGGER problem on the horizon, the Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB). Look up the devestation that these bassturds do......
Coming to a forest near you soon.....
Do you have any more information on this Scott?
I noticed recently all of the new commercials on the radio about not transporting firewood, and they are saying not because of the EAB, but the ALB.....must be starting to hit PA now. And the list of trees they threaten is scary.....
- golden raintree
- horse chestnut
- mountain ash
- London planetree
to name a few......The forestry guy told me that they prefer maple trees, which is particularly scary to the maple syrup industry. They claim once the bug gets into the tree, the tree is doomed. It's just a matter of time.
We have had ALB up here for over 5 years. They first found it in Worcester, about 45 min from me. A big chunk of central MA is a quarantine zone (edit: looked it up - 110 sq. mi) . It eats many different trees unfortunately.
Scott, this does not look good. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.