Zionsville Times Sentinel

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April 9, 2014

To save or not to save ash trees?

Since arriving in the United States around 15 years ago, the Emerald Ash Borer has proven to be a devastating pest of green and white ash. To date, it has killed millions of ash trees and, if left untreated, appears to result in 100 percent mortality of infested trees. Mountain ash, which is not a true ash tree, is not affected. EAB only travels about one-half mile per year on its own, however people often transport it much more quickly, particularly when moving firewood. According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, EAB has been found in Boone County near Lebanon and Zionsville. The pest causes so much damage because it spends seven years in larval form tunneling just beneath the bark of infested trees. Larvae damage the vascular system, which prevents food and water from being transported through the tree. For this reason, the first visible symptom is usually dieback at the top of the tree where food and water must travel farthest to reach. If you have a susceptible ash tree, you should be developing an emerald ash borer strategy. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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