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Old 07-29-2006, 11:31 PM   #15
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At last report the Emerald Ash Bore has been reported in Evanston, IL; at this rate it will soon be infesting our forests here in Wisconsin.
This is just a crazy thought but here goes...
What if the state would cut a swath of healthy ash out around the infested areas? Sort of like a fire break?
Does anyone think that would slow their rate of progression?
I know that there is a lot of infestation coming from sources that are transporting the infested wood.
These really are nasty little critters.
I have seen what happened to all of the old elm trees that used to line several streets in Detroit when they got Dutch Elm Disease.
I have seen the Gypsy Moth destroy several acres of old trees in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I have never seen anything attack a tree with such voracity as what the Emerald Ash Borer does.
When I cut my two 60+ year old ash trees down they we so dry that I could use them for firewood immediately.
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What if the state would cut a swath of healthy ash out around the infested areas? Sort of like a fire break? Does anyone think that would slow their rate of progression
Slow? Yes. Worth it? No. This would be very expensive and doomed by the human factor from the start. Holding actions in place will gradualize the full economic impact of an exotic pest, whether ash borer, gypsy moths, Eurasian water milfoil or zebra mussels. Stopping the march across the landscape is improbable. Taking an extraordinary measure to delay it another fraction probably isn't in the cards.

This is just another reason why we're very lucky not to live in Hawaii -- the impact of exotics is mind numbing in the Aloha State. Be sure to remove all seeds from tire treads before venturing there ....
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