Emerald Ash Borer
As emerald ash borers munch their way ever further into the Northland, one fact seems certain: We're going to lose a lot of trees.
But that doesn't necessarily mean they should be laid to waste, says Brian Brashaw, who has helped assemble a handbook for how to put compromised trees to productive use. Brashaw put together the guide as an employee of the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth, though he now works as program manager for the Forest Products Marketing Unit of the U.S. Forest Service.
Northern Minnesota is home to the highest concentration of ash trees in the nation, according to the Forest Service.
While steps can be taken to slow the advance of the invasive beetle and to protect individual trees, nothing yet has been able to hold the infestation at bay.