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    It is amazing that your ash trees are dying out and ours as well, for two different reasons.
    Ours have been the victims of an airborne fungal disease.

    In 2-3 weeks time my team will clear cut one of the last stands of big trees.
    Most are half way dead, we are just in time to save the logs before they go completely bad.

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    Sad for sure , Ash completely gone in our lifetime.

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    Yes, sad (as with the American Elm). But it will fund a lifetime's work for many a forestry worker! At least a couple of decades...

    Our city has a 10 year plan ongoing to virtually replace every ash tree in city parks & rights of way with other species for more diversity. Some are treated for EAB, but mostly the writing is on the wall.

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    I would think that we could save a few in an arbortorium, and then restart after the bugs die out in a few years?
    Kyle


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    That can't work. The bugs, fungus, bacterias invade an area and stay here for a long (unknown) time. After the devastation, their number drops down because the food availability is drastically reduced, but they are still there. That tends usually to an equilibrium. For example the big elms became a rarity, but we can still find small elms in the woods, hedges, garden... If you plant again the same trees, even a long time after, they will be soon attacked /destroyed by the survivals of the predators.

    You have mainly three options to replace the dead trees.
    - plant an other species, hopefully not harmed by the bug /disease. You get back the forest/landscape but it's different.
    - introduce a strong predator/competitor of the bug /disease, then the new trees have more chances to survive.
    - modify the species by selection, crossing, mutation.... It's no longer the exactly same tree, but it can live again in the deadly area.

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    We are trying to make a resistant one here.

    Me and the boys have been the climbers for both companies that are trying.

    Got to travel all over the country, collecting grafting stock and got paid extremely well for it, too.

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    Bastids!!! Can't be just loggers...have to be climbers, too!

    Cool gig!
    Gary

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    Wondering about buying a Pack Basket from Maine while one still can.

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    Baseball bats come to mind too
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    EAB is here in NH too and has been for several years now but that is not what is mainly killing all our Ash trees. Scientists from the USFS say it is due to climate change and acid rain. They are dying by the thousands.

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