Saving North Carolina’s Urban Ash Trees from the Emerald Ash Borer
In 2013, the emerald ash borer made its debut in North Carolina. The devastation of forests north and northwest caused by this invasive beetle was already well-known, so its discovery was met with dread. The ash forests were dying, and quickly. The future did not look good for North Carolina’s ash trees.
Over the next few years, the emerald ash borer continued to spread across the state. As of August 2018, the tree-killing beetle has been found in 36 out of the 100 counties. North Carolina is losing its own ash trees, both in forest and urban settings. Continue reading...