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Forum topic by Sanity posted 03-08-2014 06:27 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sanity

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03-08-2014 06:27 PM

This is Sharon Woods, Ohio. I live about 4 miles away and regularly take my dog for a walk through the woods. These ash trees have all been felled because of the beetle infestation. The destruction is very widespread unfortunately. It’s enough to make you weep.

-- Stuart


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 03-08-2014 06:39 PM

It is indeed….as someone who spent a lot of time there (in my youth) it really hurts to see such damage.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 03-08-2014 06:44 PM

The pine beetle has done the same damage over a lot of Montana, and Chestnut trees are hard to find.
We will just have to keep planting more trees.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 03-08-2014 06:52 PM

I have 3 good sized Ash trees (about 24” DBH) right outside my shop that will have to be taken down in the next couple of years due to the beetles. One positive is I’ll have some cheap lumber, but my girls will lose their rope swing.

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#4 posted 03-08-2014 07:14 PM

I try to take my kids into the woods as often as weather will permit. The Rocky River Reservation is a wonderfully preserved park with thousands of acres of heavily wooded areas and every time I go through I see the tree crew having to deal with another ash tree, it seems they’re averaging two a day and it all just gets cut into firewood.

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#5 posted 03-09-2014 03:58 AM

I thought I heard on the news that the cold air that dropped down from canada several months ago.Was going to help control the infestation.Are the trees in the pic from last years bugs?

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#6 posted 03-09-2014 04:36 AM

It is a shame. Mother nature can be cruel.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#7 posted 03-09-2014 04:47 AM

Similar scene in southeast Michigan. Piles of the dead lie along side the interstate for my daily commute.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#8 posted 03-09-2014 05:57 AM

I’m terrified that this critter will reach Oregon. I’ve read about the ash borer. I fear it’s going to be to ash trees what Dutch elm disease was to the elm. And I do so love ash.

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#9 posted 03-09-2014 06:05 AM

Mother nature is neither fair nor merciful. I wish I was there to collect the logs though. Here is the pine beetle infestation. It’s all a cycle.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 03-09-2014 11:15 AM

The emerald ash borer isn’t exactly mother nature. It’s an accidental import from another continent. I just hope a solution is found.

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#11 posted 03-09-2014 12:09 PM

I would love to take my kids trampling though the woods. Unfortunately, after one bout of Lyme Disease that isn’t happening.

Greg

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#12 posted 03-09-2014 12:19 PM

We have had a very cold winter but the crews are still felling trees. I spoke with one the other day and he said that they are cutting down both saplings and old growth trees. The beetles don’t discriminate. Most of the wood is rotten but I was able to bring a log home from a freshly cut tree which I will use for some bowl turning. I don’t know if the park service would be happy to let me take any of the other wood. The policy seems to be to simply cut down the trees and leave the wood (unless it is blocking a path) to decompose. I would guess that one has to be careful about the potential for more contamination.

-- Stuart

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#13 posted 03-09-2014 01:22 PM

About 20 years ago where I live now there was 27,000 trees planted oak and ash. 10,000 were ash so far it’s ok but the borer was found in 2 county’s around us so it’s just a matter of time.

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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#14 posted 03-09-2014 02:34 PM

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-- Brent

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#15 posted 03-09-2014 02:41 PM

I have read where it is now in Iowa. I grew up there. My grandparents farm has many of the trees. It is a matter of time for sure, Richard, and sad for sure.

Brent

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