We have lost one ash tree to ash borers and may lose 2 others. We have had...

Asked June 8, 2016, 8:09 PM EDT

We have lost one ash tree to ash borers and may lose 2 others. We have had them treated but have noticed that some trees in our small woods seems to be dying. Where can we go for help? We think that we need our woods (about 2 acres) thinned out. Does anyone do this? is it a good idea? Any info would be helpful. Thank you. Marianne Gooding

Stark County Ohio emerald ash borer management control in woods

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Hello. Do you know what kind of ash trees that you have?

When did you treat? Did you hire that done, or did you do-it-yourself?

Here is a link to a FactSheet about managing a woodlot: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/documents/E-2943.pdf

In Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry, has Service Foresters that assist woodland owners, but there is a typically a minimum size woods that they work with. Here is a link to their directory: https://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/portals/forestry/pdfs/serviceforesterdirectory.pdf

There is a program that is Call Before You Cut - another resource that might be useful to you: http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/landownerassistance

Additionally, you can contact your local Extension office for educational resources. Here is the website: http://stark.osu.edu/

What is the purpose of your woodland? Recreation? Harvesting timber? Attracting wildlife? Are there invasive species other than emerald ash borer (EAB) that you are dealing with (i.e., plants).

Please look over the information and let me know if you have any additional questions.

Hello,

Thank you for your response. These are responses to your questions.
I am not sure what type of ash trees we have.
We had them treated last year by Tru Green and this year by an arborist.
The purpose of our woods (about 2 acres) is to attract wildlife and act as a buffer and natural area between our property and other properties. the woods is larger than 2 acres but is shared by other property owners.
Invasive species: garlic mustard and wild rose especially. And, whatever seems to be eating the bark of certain trees.
Thank you.

Thank you for your reply. Your statement - and, whatever seems to be eating the bark of certain trees peaked my interest. We do tend to see an increase in woodpecker activity as emerald ash borer comes through a particular area - I can best describe the situation as the bark "flakes" off giving the tree a blonde or lighter appearance and that bark accumulates around the base of the tree - almost like the trees were mulched with bark pieces.

Image result for emerald ash borer and woodpeckersDoes this photo look familiar?

If there are ash trees that have not been treated in the 2 acre woods, and those trees decline and ultimately die, they will open up the canopy and this light on the forest floor will give life to invasive plants like the ones you mentioned - garlic mustard and wild rose. We have also seen honeysuckle explode in this situation. You will need to be prepared to manage invasive species and consider seeding or planting replacement type trees.

It is important to know that dead ash typically don't stand for a long period of time. Kathleen Knight with the US Forest Service and others have done research and ash tend to snap or fall over - and this can create a hazardous situation especially if people are in the woods on a regular basis.

If the ash trees in the stand that aren't being treated to protect them from EAB are large, you could consider a harvest where the trees are removed and then either taken to a sawmill, or a portable sawmill could be brought to the site. Do you have any projects that you could use ash wood?

What other questions do you have and what else can I assist with? Amy

Thank you. The picture looks exactly like our tree. You have been very helpful!
Marianne Gooding