This is a beautiful white ash tree on the Common in Rutland. The photo was taken last fall. After that I wrote a Letter to the Editor of a couple of Vermont newspapers, and in it I stated that the Emerald Ash Borer would kill that tree and that it could not be saved. I said that the tree should be cut down while it is still alive and made into something like a very large table or something like that, to pay tribute to a wonderful species and a wonderful tree; then have the table in a public place like a conference room.
Since then I have learned that through inoculation that tree could well be saved. Seems like this tree would be a good candidate for inoculation.
About Ash Stories: Ash Stories is a collaboration between the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program to celebrate Vermont’s ash trees and their role in our woods, wetlands, and towns. You can learn more about the project here.
Do you have an ash story to share? We’d love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story to be included in our collection. Questions? Contact Allaire Diamond, VLT ecologist.