Invasive Beetle Destroying Our Ash Trees

Date published: June 25th, 2016 | By Matthew

Session 1 starts tomorrow! We’re very excited for our farmers to arrive. We’ve been hard at work getting ready for them.

This post is not actually about the farmers, though. It’s about beetles and trees. Here’s the story. 

The Impact of the Emerald Ash Borer

There’s a beetle.

It’s a little green beetle.

And the little green beetle is slowly destroying the ash tree population in Pennsylvania, including the ash trees here on our farm.

Parts of the Farm Look Pretty Bad

I’m writing to let you know that parts of the farm look pretty bad.

We’ve had a bunch of ash trees taken down; and that process has been, at times, destructive to our woods.

Why Were They Taken Down?

Because dead, standing trees are a safety hazard -- they can snap from really high up and hurt people, or things. So we hired a company to cut them down. That company dropped approximately 50 trees.

Fifty trees may not sound like much. But the results were upsetting. And now there are parts of the woods that look pretty messed up.

I wanted to warn you so next time you’re here you know what you’re looking at.

The Beetle

The beetle has a name. It's called the emerald ash borer. It bores into a tree to lay its eggs, and then the larva disrupt the flow of nutrients and water inside the tree, ultimately killing it. Kinda like peeling off the bark.

Mother Nature Is Resilient

Susan and Maddie have reminded me that mother nature is resilient. So now, with parts of the canopy opened up, new trees will have a chance to grow, and with time our forest will recover.

Still, it doesn’t feel good. Just wanted to let you know.

Hope you’re having a great summer so far.

Photo credit: “emerald ash borer 3” by US Department of Agriculture is licensed under CC BY 2.0