We are excited to support Mountain True’s efforts to help save the ash trees of Pisgah National Forest. Every donation helps save an ash tree by funding the treatment needed to survive against the emerald ash borer.
The emerald ash borer (EAB), a small, metallic-green beetle from Asia, is fatal to all species of North American ash trees and is now destroying Pisgah's ash tree population. It is a fast and furious pest that moves through large swathes of land quickly, feeds, destroys and then moves on.
The only time to treat them is during the spring. If we miss this growing season, it could be too late. Help us treat these trees safely and protect them until the threat has passed. Every donation toward our goal of $16,500 will help save over 100 high-quality ash trees.
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About the Emerald Ash Borer
Adult emerald ash borers are able to smell ash trees at a distance of over a mile, can fly up to five miles in a year, and are often moved hundreds of miles by people hauling firewood. The adults lay their eggs on the bark of ash trees and the larvae bore holes into the trees and eat the cambium — the living part of the tree just below the bark. EAB typically kills trees within three to five years of infestation. Ash tree mortality in infected stands is often 100%.
The only way to save Pisgah's ash trees is to treat them until the emerald ash borer has exhausted its food supply. At that time, we expect the beetle will move on and the few trees to survive will include the ones you helped save. These trees will serve as the genetic forbearers for the next generation of ash trees.
Ash Trees Are Important to Pisgah's Ecosystem
Over 40 native insect species rely on the ash trees for food and breeding sites, and these helpful insects provide food for birds and mammals. Ash trees also provide shelter, the trunks oftendevelop trunk cavities that are perfect spaces for woodpeckers, owls, nuthatches and squirrels to cozy up in on a winter evening. Even black bears can use hollow old growth ash trunks for winter hibernation.
Contribute and help us treat and save Pisgah's ash trees.
We've Seen the Damage Invasive Pests Can Do
Western North Carolina has been hit hard by exotic tree pests and diseases. We all know the story of chestnut blight, that wiped out the most numerous and important tree in our forests in the early 1900's. In recent years we have lived to watch the deep green of our hemlocks fade to gray as hemlock woolly adelgid sucks the life out of our most important shade-tolerant conifer. Now, we are watching as a tidal wave of emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) crashes through our forests.