Ash Tree Species Face Extinction

Posted on: September 15th, 2017 by Leslie_Zucker

North America’s most wide­spread and valu­able ash tree species are on the brink of extinc­tion due to the inva­sive bee­tle Emer­ald Ash Borer dec­i­mat­ing their pop­u­la­tions. Five of the six most promi­nent ash tree species in North Amer­ica were added to the IUCN Red List as Crit­i­cally Endan­gered – only one step from going extinct – with the sixth species assessed as Endan­gered. One of the species, the once-plentiful White Ash (Frax­i­nus amer­i­cana) is a canopy species found in flood­plain forests of the Ashokan water­shed. Another species on the list – Green Ash (Frax­i­nus penn­syl­van­ica) is also found in the watershed’s Hemlock-Northern Hard­wood forests accord­ing to a 2012 sur­vey by the NY Nat­ural Her­itage Program.

The AWSMP can help stream­side landown­ers with select­ing native species to replace dead or dying ash trees in stream­side areas. Call the Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive at (845) 688‑3047 x6 for advise and assistance.

For more infor­ma­tion on the biol­ogy of the Emer­ald Ash Borer and local efforts to pro­tect impor­tant ash stands, see this video pre­sen­ta­tion at the Ashokan Water­shed Con­fer­ence or these help­ful online resources:

Check the New York State Inva­sive Species EAB page at: http://www.nyis.info/?action=eab

Some of the most help­ful guides include:

 

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