PATRIOTICALLY PROTECTING AMERICAN ASH FROM SPECIES MODERN DAY EXTINCTION

I  have just hastily added these new details from Scientific community, officially declaring City of Chicago’s E.A.B. management program implemented in 2009, a total success as of July 2017. Documenting over 60,000 public treated trees, which have now survived through the most damaging “Infestation population” period. Concluding locally after 11 year build up of borers, now dramatically crashing after completely wiping out their only remaining food source of living “unprotected” Ash trees.

Todays mass tree killing event, has become first in human history to be documented for posterity using Google “Back in time” street view. Anyone around the world can now witness for themselves, the yearly progression of Chicago’s model treatment program. Beginning in 2006 with first local discovery of borers, followed by treatment program initiated in 2009, and continuing up until present day.

The only noticeable change, will be different colored metallic tags affixed to treated public trees trunks. 

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IMAGINE HOW HISTORIC TODAYS PROTECTED TREES WILL BECOME IN ANOTHER 100 YRS.!

The only thing stupider than treating every Ash tree, is choosing not to protect any at all. 

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A natural disaster never witnessed by humanity, involving the unprecedented loss of an ecosystems most influential “Keystone” species, is presently unfolding right outside everyone’s back door. Regardless whether an endangered Ash grows in ones yard, or not.  And since it had been most superior urban surviving species beautifying every park, school, town square and American boulevard for our nations last 200 years. U.S. neighborhoods across the continent will be loosing their oldest living community members. Today endangered trees are only 90-150 old “Teenagers”, reaching peak maturity after age 220. Humans will survive event, and most will barely notice. But America’s forests and Wetlands will be “Broken”.

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Because Borers kill off all wild Ash saplings before young trees reach seeding age of Ten, 26 individual Species belonging to the North American Fraxinus Genus will inevitably become Functionally Extinct, from Canada down to Panama.

Including black ash, blue ash, green ash, red ash, pumpkin ash, white ash, Velvet Ash, Texas Ash, Oregon Ash, Desert Ash, Swamp Ash, Arizona Ash and Mexican varieties. The State of Michigan lost 7.5 billion trees, and Minnesota is expected to lose 5.5 billion. Chicago regions 13 million Ash trees, killed off within a biblical four year timespan, once produced Northern Illinois largest portion of living Green seen from space.

Compared to total of 600,000 Elms killed off since Dutch Elm disease arrived to the Windy City area 45 years ago. Or 100 Million Elms lost across United States since DED’s 1930’s arrival.

Scientists can only guess, that by the time California & Mexico inevitably loose their collections of native & planted Ash (Ash is Fresno in Spanish), 750 to one trillion trees will be gone.

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

American Ash represents the ancient progenitor of worlds Fraxinus genome containing over 80 individual tree types found throughout our Planets Northern Hemisphere. It belongs to the very long lived Olive tree Family of Oleaceae. Along with species such as lilacs, jasmine, privet, fringe trees, and Forsythia.  Just over a century ago scientists classified Ash as Keystone species of our continents Elm-Ash-Cottonwood ecosystem.

This places Ash, just below Grass locally, which is Earth’s most abundant plant cover. Sadly once Ash populations disappear, called “Extant”, across every State. Invasive Buckthorn will become Midwest’s most abundant tree species. (Even though it’s species rarely reaches over 15 feet high)

44 Arthropods, Lichen etc. exclusive to only living on Ash, will become Co-Extinct as well. 333 Native species utilizing Ash as a Primary source, will be shunted to lesser resources facing higher demand.

Making each individual Treated tree an isolated island of protection for MANY critically endangered species.

NATIVE ELM AND CHESTNUT NEVER “WENT” EXTINCT, WHY WOULD ASH?

Wild Elm species continues to survive, since Dutch Elm Disease only kills older trees that have had time to seed new generations. Few wild American Chestnuts still survive today as short lived stump shoots produced from old root systems, which cannot seed new generations. Wild Ash is completely killed off before seeding new offspring, or through new root shoots. So answer is, both American Chestnut & Ash faces “Functional Extinction” in the wild. Since neither are able to produce offspring.

Living Seed bank collections can help bring species back in future. By presently saving few wild Ash growing deep within forest or wetland settings

Classified as “Functionally Extinct”, Ash cannot Grow back.

Presently just 1 out of 300,000 scattered individuals of ONLY Green Ash have been found totally fending off local EAB infestations. But no wild survivors belonging to Red, White, Blue or Black species of Ash.

Surviving examples are not “Lingering Ash”, which is defined as already borer damaged trees still surviving after surrounding ones have already died off. Within a few years, lingering Ash inevitably succumb as well.

Orphans are sapling trees under 1″ DBH in stem size, produced by last of forests maturing trees 10 years and older. Todays Orphans are only thing standing between species functional extinction in wild, and its continued existence.

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Chicago’s namesake Ramp Onion at home under protective cover of an endangered Ash tree

THE CITY OF CHICAGO’S NAMESAKE RAMP ONION {Allium tricoccum} THREATENED BY TODAYS BIBLICAL IN SCOPE EVENT…

…did not grow on the wide open “Treeless” Prairie like many assume today. But is still found presently within a unique forest ecosystem titled the “Sugar Maple-American Basswood-American Ash”, named after living systems most influential species.

Chicago’s forest where the Great Lake Michigan headwaters were first born out of glacial melt retreating Northward, would the skunky Ramp onion become world renowned. And while many other woodlands were scientifically categorized as Sugar Maple-Basswood between here and the East coast. Only the few unique forest types containing White Ash, which is an ancient species of tree where the namesake “Understory” Ramp onion ground cover could primarily be found thriving.

  Horticulturally, this is because the Ashes do not begin leafing out until later in spring, and are first to drop them earliest in fall. This unique trait allows the Ramp & other Grasses-Sedges etc., to gain strength by soaking up open sun for longer periods.

Interestingly our regions first inhabitants called The Chicago river, “Skunk creek”. Which was not dredged & widened to allow Schooners access up stream, until much later. Before urban sprawl, these old growth Maple-Basswood-Ash forests could be found growing alongside the Chicago creek at Bridgeport. And made up “The Big forest” once found just North of the river, where River North exists presently. And spreading all the way up past Devon Av. into Evanston, where a small portion still exists as wild preserves today. On the East side of this ancient forest between the lakeshore, is where our regions last stands of Native Conifers still held out since the pre historic Glaciers began retreating some 11,ooo years ago.

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MANKINDS INTRINSIC SPIRIT, INTWINED WITH NATURE AND GOD

Ash, or Fraxinus in old Latin, played such a crucial role in one iconic Bible story, by sustaining Jewish exodus out of Egypt wandering lifeless desserts for 40 yearsEvery Temple, Church and house of worship founded over past millennia, was guarded by “Manna Ash” trees faithfully planted by their past parishioners & congregations. Along with the short crooked growing Dogwood tree, which after Christ’s crucifixion, no longer produces straight enough wood to build human crucifixes from.

In a modern botanical context, manna is secretions of sugars obtained by evaporating the sap of the manna ash, extracted by making small cuts in the bark.

Cultural names like Ashley, etc., trace origins back to old world Europe where local Ash tree species were considered Queens and Kings of the natural world.


 

Junginger, a wild Variety of American White Ash selected for its Purple leaf color. Discovered by University of Wisconsin Horticulturist Karl Junginger of McKay nursery, Waterloo, Iowa. Introduced publically in 1956, it quickly became the Most popular and most expensive landscape selection. Surpassing even the high priced Ginkgo, London Plane & White/Burr Oak.

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Where White Ash has proved its individuals can thrive alongside urban humans for over 400 years, new plantings of Burr or White Oak are considered lucky if they can survive their first 50 years.

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A Purple leaved “Legacy class” wild old growth White Ash which has survived every hurricane & harsh winter for last 450 years.

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America’s Settlers learned from Indians, that native White Ash trees can live just as long as Burr & White Oak. And even longer than Elm, Sycamore, and Sugar Maple.

Trees in the America’s Midwest have evolved to produce the largest leaves, tallest height, best Bark patterns, monumental sized trunks and most spectacular spreading crowns. And because of mid America’s ancient continental soil, glacial till and other ingredients. Our trees produce the worlds most spectacular spectrum of way out colors in fall.

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Details on Municipal EAB preparation & planning concludes blog

Faced with harsh urban environment and present cultural landscape practices. 

Ironically one would have more success planting a new parkway Ash, and temporarily treating it.  Than planting with Maple, Linden, or even both Oak families. Seriously!

TREE OWNERS BE AWARE! MANY CERTIFIED PUBLIC & PRIVATE ARBORIST LACKING PERSONAL EXPERIENCE REGARDING CONTROL OF EAB. INSTEAD RELY ON PAST METHODS MANAGING FOR DUTCH ELM DISEASE. THIS IS CAUSING PROFESSIONALS TO CONTINUALLY SUPPLY SCIENCE FICTION. NOT SCIENTIFIC FACT. SINCE THERE IS NOT ONE DETAIL IN COMMON BETWEEN E.A.B. & D.E.D.

ANY ARBORIST WHO CLAIMES EAB INFECTS OR DISEASES TREES, TREATMENT EXPENSIVE, HAS POOR SUCCESS RATE, NEEDED FOR LIFE OF TREE, ONLY PROLONGS THE INEVITABLE,  ASH OVERMATURE AFTER AGE 80, SHOULD BE IMEDIATLY REPORTED TO INTERNATIONAL SCOCIETY of ARBORCULTURE OFFICIALS AFTER SUPPLYING  SUCH WRECKLESS OUTDATED INFO.

RESPONSIBLE ARBORISTS NEED TO EDUCATE OWNERS WITH PROVEN OPTIONS, IN ORDER TO MAKE WELL INFORMED DECISIONS, REGARDING LIFE & SAFETY OF THEIR FAMILIES TREE.

Frank Lloyd Wright “wild” Green Ash, Age 150-160, Oak Parks oldest “Protected” tree. Arthur Heurtley House on Forest Avenue

During the Midwestern Prairie style ecology and architectural movement era of the late 1800’s world renowned figures such as Jens Jensen, F.L. Olmsted and Frank Lloyd Wright utilized both Ash & Elm as main ingredient when landscaping public parks and private properties they designed & built.

THE EXTINCTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED

TODAYS MASS TREE KILLING EVENT HAS OFFICIALLY BECOME THE COSTLIEST MAN MADE NATURAL DISASTER TO EVER HIT PLANET EARTH.

REMEMBER, ONLY UNPROTECTED TREES SUCCUMB TO EAB

 Owners Should Decide If Tree Lives Or Dies…Not EAB.!

ASHLAND AVENUE’S NAMESAKE GROVE OF TREES

In 1812, Henry Clay,  American lawyer, politician, and skilled orator who represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives, owned a productive 600-acre (240 ha) plantation, which he called “Ashland”  in Lexington Kentucky.

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350 yr. old “Legacy class” White Ash which is parent tree, George Washington’s father collected seeds from, to grow families 250 old example. Washington families tree still survives today right next to location where young “Can not tell a lie” George cut down the famed Black Cherry tree.

Cultural heritage

Officially categorized by our nations first naturalists as America’s best urban surviving tree species most popularly planted since our countries founding over 200 years ago, Green Ash and Blue Ash has been documented living out 300 years, and Iconic White Ash well proven to survive six centuries or more.

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George Washington families 250 old White Ash patriotically protected from EAB caused tree species extinction  event, by US National park service

Thomas Jefferson’s planted Green Ash still proudly standing today, 200 years later at his Monticello property is being successfully protected by National park service. Along with Washington’s 250+ old White Ash young George did not cut down alongside families “Can not tell a lie” Black Cherry tree.

First nation Indians discovering the Americas over 13,000 years ago, regularally fashioned young White Ash & White Oak into long lived Trail marker trees which even survive to this very day.

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Since arriving settlers could not successfully plant longest lived Oak types such as Burr or White because of uniquely evolved species lengthy Tap root system problem tree nurseries could not concur. Europeans, especially Germans & English who held highest traditions for their homelands mystical old Ash groves, and when searching out virgin land to farm and build new communities had been greeted by Americas ancient Ash tree groves which like a spiritual omen, called out for them to steak their own families roots next to. This is the same story found on page one of Countless communities local history books across the Midwest.

Its prehistoric legend quickly allowed Ash to became common mans Oak, even boasting a much longer list of qualities since not even the most heartiest of Oak species could survive such constant pleasures of harshest City life. Municipalities, Parks, and property owners wanting only the best, chose to plant American Ash in most prominent locations. Along with hearty American Elm during its species planting fad beginning in the 1880’s, until downfall after Dutch Elm disease introduction.

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Chicago regions oldest Green Ash estimated to be 250+ yrs. old, located in G.A.R. woods, River Forest Il.. Scientifically the barks Wrinkles are only produced from Coppice trees regrown long ago from much older surviving root system after decapitated from “Plaines” river ice flows.                           I HAVE BEEN PATRIOTICALLY PROTECTING THIS ORGANISM FROM EAB WITH TRUNK INJECTIONS SINCE 2011

After Carrier Pidgeon’s  blackened North American skies with their almost infinite populations each fall for countless Millennia, no one imagined species could ever become completely Extinct within 50 years.

Surviving since the arrival of European settlers 180 years ago, America’s last .01% of original hardwood bottomland forest and existing wetlands will be forever devastated after first loosing all maturing Elms over last 40 years to disease, and now the total Extant of American Ash forests within three years of local detection.  Yet just like the final demise of America’s passenger pigeon, not one word or mention about todays event has been written, nor televised.

DO LIVING TREES REALLY RECYCLE POLLUTION INTO FRESH AIR FOR US “BREATHERS”?

If EVERY tree was cut down in our region, oxygen levels would remain the same! But presently, humans with already poor health such as respiratory disorders have been detrimentally effected so far from todays mass loss of urban & forest tree populations. Scientists admit they have absolutely no idea on how the loss of an ecosystems keystone species influencing so many other life forms will directly and indirectly affect local ecologies wildlife, since something like this has never been observed by mankind during its existence.

ONE NEED NOT TRAVEL TO THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST IN ORDER TO SAVE & PROTECT LIVING EXAMPLES OF THREATENED & ENDANGERED SPECIES

Ironically human treated trees have now become a living sanctuary protecting 28 individual native species harboring endangered DNA, which thankfully have been discovered to be totally unaffected by insecticide products utilized against Asian EAB.

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Cook Counties second oldest Green Ash located in Cicero Il., near Austin & Roosevelt. I have been protecting it since 2010, and estimate it to be from 160 to 180 yrs. old.

HOW EVENT BEGINS TO UNFOLD LOCALLY

First signs of EAB locally cause trees to loose their leaves earlier and earlier each fall, until final summer dropping its last surviving leaves between August and mid September.

 Portions of crown that loose leaves earliest, reveals direction waves of Borers migrating from . Be aware even when healthy, Ash is one of earliest species to loose leaves in fall, usually during first cold snap. This method in fall also determines if treatment applied correctly, since full crown should produce synchronized fall color, causing all leaves to drop off within same two weeks. Fall Schedule varies from region to region.

Its cheaper to keep her!

 Its easy to let ones unprotected tree inevitably succumb to EAB, then be forced to pay double for condemned trees immediate removal. Reputable tree care companies are so confident. They will refund years of treatment costs if tree ever needs to be removed. If selling property anyways within next 10 years, just inexpensively keep tree alive and let next owner deal with expensive removal.

FIRST KNOW ALL YOUR OPTIONS, INORDER TO MAKE A WELL INFORMED DESISION!

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Illinois oldest Ash tree, now faithfully protected by its noble owners. From our Red White & Blue U.S.A’s, destructive new bug called E.A.B.!

After relying on only misinformation over past years, suddenly municipalities consider their staff skilled enough to determine if an individual tree is still in good enough condition to be saved…

Oh sorry, our municipality was wrong six years ago when trees were still healthy, and our head Arborist warned public against applying treatment…And yes we NOW know products had proven to be very successful since 2006…But unfortunately our expert determined that NOW, its too late to save your parkway tree, since it had not been protected from EAB over last few years.

THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS MOST UP TO DATE ANSWERS FOR QUESTIONS TREE OWNERS ARE ASKING 

IS FULL DOSE TREATMENT NEEDED TO PROTECT ASH FROM DAMAGING INFESTATION POPULATIONS FOR REST OF TREES LIFE? NO! MAIN EAB EVENT ENDANGERS TREES LOCALLY FOR ONLY 10-12 YEARS.

AFTER 10-12 YRS. OF BUILDING, THEN CRASHING INFESTATION POPULATIONS…HOW LONG UNTIL DANGER FROM STRAGGLERS PASSES AS WELL? SEVERAL SPORADIC LOW DOSE APPLICATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED (which is cheaper & easier than self fertilizing your garden in Spring) TO ASSURE LOCAL EAB POPULATIONS DROP BELOW 1:1 RATIO BIRTH RATE. YOUR STATE USDA WILL KEEP PUBLIC ADVISED.

CAN EAB COME BACK AND BEGIN KILLING TREES AGAIN? AFTER ALL UNTREATED TREES ARE INEVITABLY KILLED OFF, AND ONLY PROTECTED EXAMPLES REMAIN. IT BECOMES SCIENTIFICALLY IMPOSIBLE FOR BORERS TO EVER REBUILD POPULATIONS WITHOUT ENOUGH LIVING FOOD SOURCE LIKE IT ONCE HAD AVALABLE DURING FIRST STAGES OF EVENT.

DO REPEATED TRUNK INJECTIONS WOUND TREE, EVEN THOUGH EAB CAN NO LONGER DAMAGE IT? INSERTED PLUG PROTECT WOUND UNTIL SQUEEZED OUT BY NEW TISSUE PERENENTLY SEALING TREE TRUNK. BECAUSE SCIENTIFICALLY ASH IS BEST SPECIES AT COMPARTAMENTALIZATION, AGRESIVLY HEALING OVER OLD EAB GALLERY DAMAGE EACH SPRING, AND INJECTION SITES WITHIN TWO SEASONS.

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WELL PROVEN TREATMENT OPTIONS

IT COSTS $25 PER YEAR, OR $250 TOTAL TO PROTECT AN ASH FOR 10 YEARS, OR EAB FORCES YOU TO PAY $1500-$6000 IN ONE LUMP SUM TO CUT IT DOWN.

Homeowners can now purchase and easily apply same full strength insecticide, or pay more to have professional apply.

NO HARM TO ENVIORNENT OR BEES!  Owners can apply A 100% successful naturally produced treatment containing Neem tree’s Azadirachtin, called Aza-sol. Also Tree-Azin, a trunk injected product which lasts one year!

IN LARGER TREES OVER 35 YEARS OLD, IF TREE ALREADY SHOWS SIGNS OF EAB DECLINE, OWNER MUST HAVE TRUNKNK INJECTED FIRST.

HOMEOWNERS CAN SUCCESSFULLY DRENCH OR SOIL INJECT LARGE TREES OVER 100 YEARS OLD THEMSELVES. BUT MUST BE “PREVENTIVELY” APPLIED WHEN TREE IS STILL 100% HEALTHY. LARGE TREES NEED TWO YEARS OF CONSECUTIVE APPLICATIONS, TO “PRIME” INSECTICIDE UPTAKE BEFORE ANY EAB DAMAGE OCCURS

OWNERS OF SMALLER TREES UNDER AGE 35 ALREADY SHOWING SIGNS OF EAB, CAN SAFLY APPLY DRENCH AT “DOUBLE THE DOSE” RATE

Drench or soil injections must be applied in April, just after ground no longer frozen. Or by no later than first week of may latest! Otherwise any  applications made after mid-May are a total waist! Because tree needs one month to uptake Imidacloprid drench, and begin killing that years young EAB by June 1st.

CAUTION: Imidacloprid only kills 1st and 2nd Instar larval stages from late May to last week of June, thus preventing EAB from reaching 3rd & 4th instars during July & August, when they are most damaging larval size .

Trunk injections of Tree-age can be “curativly” applied as late as august 1st, and instantly begin killing all EAB within 72 hours! It is much better to imediatly begin treating an already declining tree as late as October, as long as it still has leaves. Rather than waiting until next spring, and allowing EAB more time to cause unnecessary damage over fall.

Trunk injection sites cause no permtinent wounding, and completly disappear by two years.

MOST NEW SUCKER BRANCH GROWTH, CALLED EPINORMIC SHOOTS AND WATER SPROUTS, MUST BE RETAINED ON DAMAGED TREES!

The largest and fastest grown suckers should be subordinated or removed, since they are weakly attached, and too pithy to retain as crown restoration branch. Slower growing suckers should at least be temporarily retained, as root system which is not damaged by EAB, needs Solar energy that was lost when full crown died back. These emergency shoots strengthen their attachment to trunk very well over time. Trunk suckers help tree compartmentalize over past years EAB galleries, and shade recovering bark from direct sunlight.

Past Woodpecker damage should only be a cosmetic issue, when deciding if a tree is safe and worthy enough to save. Woodpeckers forage for hibernating larvae which no longer cause damage to tree after that stage. Except for inconsequential “D” shaped exit hole unique to EAB species.

Bark splits and Flecking are mostly caused by damaged tree producing all new wood over previous galleries in Spring, when EAB populations exit tree to mate elsewhere. Not because bark layer has died and is caving in directly over void caused by borer galleries. I have personally observed a  45 year old tree once protected with treatment, completely cover over dead Trunk tissue stretching the size of two side by side Basketballs, Whole new bark layer and all!

Remember, these endangered hardwood trees were slowly preparing to live out their 160 to 300 year lifespans, with root systems storing up enough energy for disastrous event. Such as whole tree decapitated by moving Ice flow, allowing root system to totally regrow whole new tree above ground. A normal occurrence in a forest. 

HOW EAB IS  CAUSING ITS ONLY FOOD SOURCE OF LIVING ASH TREES, TO BECOME FOREVER EXTINCT IN THE WILD. THUS THE GLUTIONUSS BORERS ARE UNKNOWINGLY CAUSING THEIR OWN INEVITABLE EXTINCTION IN THE END AS WELL.

Since Wild “Orphan” Saplings Which Represent Last Living Generation Of Ash Are Being Inevitably Killed Off Long Before Reaching Seeding Age Of 10, After Reaching Three Inches In Stem Size. Ancient Ash Which Began On The North American Continent, Uniquely Evolving To Survive And Thrive Within Every Woodland Over The Last 200,000 Million Years, Will Disappear Forever In The Wild Within 12 To 15 Years.

Once Exponentially Building “Infestation” Populations Crash Below Damaging Thresholds Locally Within Some 10 Years By Killing Off Their Remaining Unprotected Food Source. Treated Trees Will No Longer Need Protection, Even If New EAB Are Reintroduced Locally Sometime Later. Since Borers Would Never Have Enough Remaining Trees Available To Rebuild Populations Past Infestation Threshold Levels Ever Again.

With a complete location list of all public & privatly treated trees, Municipalities can then Coordinate final treatment applications with Scientists from Regional Arboretum and State agricultural agencies. This act would Scientifically assure last few straggler EAB in area were efficiently killed off. Especially since unlike Dutch Elm disease surviving on new wild Elms before inevitably killing them off only after age 25, EAB completely kills off its living food supply and no new trees survive.

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LIKE A FAMILY AIRLOOM PASSED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

Once these long lived “Heritage” trees representing last precious living connections back to settlers & founders who planted them are unceremoniously felled, even though they were expected to survive some 300-600 years…Countless future generations will be robbed of their right to be first humans since settlers era, to once again witness native organisms reach true maturity ages. Something not witnessed by humans since last of old growth examples were all harvested during 1800’s settlers era.

Because settlers did not, or could not plant long lived White & Burr Oak back then. Presently  what little remains of communities human planted “heritage” tree collections, are represented by shorter lived Catalpa, Red Oak, Poplar and Silver Maple nearing the end of their 120-160 year lifespans . After those settler planted examples disappear, only scattered Sycamores and Sugar/Black Maples which can live over 250 years will remain. Ironically even our grandparents Yew bushes that still adorn their old front yards, which are only now slowly developing into trees over last 50-130 years. Are today being cut down in great numbers, to make way for new plantings in the name of present day Landscape modernizations. Even native Mulberry trees, a local species known for its 1000 year lifespan and abundant production of fruits faithfully feeding countless types of wildlife. Are today forced to make way for ever expanding back yard patios, and wide swaths of cement poured over their root systems.

THE LONGEST LIST, OF MOST SOUGHT AFTER ATRIBUTES EARNING AMERICAN ASH, SOLE TITLE OF WORLDS BEST URBAN TREE SPECIES.

Surpassing even Elm, Oak, Locust, Sycamore/Plane!

Most flood tolerant

Best at surviving deep planting & todays Mulch mounding fad

Best four year extended drought tolerant

Strong  Apical dominant, young central leader production*

Lowest required pruning maintenance from planting to Maturity*

(* Until Marshall seedless and other Cultivars produced in nurseries after 1958)

Best survival & recovery after construction disturbance

Tied with Honey Locust for best survival chance, when facing stem girdling root production girdling

Proven Longest probable “Urban” lifespan~compared to other common City tree species

Top Most popularly planted urban species until Elm fad of 1890’s

Regained that top position during the mid 1950’s after Elm could no longer be planted because of disease

The top tree species which can survive by easily Compartmentalizing over repeat trunk injection damage.  {According to Dr. Alex Shigo at el (& others)}

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KENTUKEES CHAMPION BLUE ASH TREE, WHICH HAS PROUDLY SURPASSED ITS SPECIES 300 YR. POSSIBLE LIFESPAN!

 

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Another side of Chicagoland’s second oldest Green Ash tree living in Cicero. located on an old glacial beach head named “Sandy ridge”. Estimated to be 160-180 yrs. old, I have been successfully protecting endangered tree from EAB with trunk injections for last seven years.
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Elmwood Park IL’s 130 old “Ellsworth” Green Ash tree patriotically protected from EAB with Tree-age trunk injections applied by myself. Until danger from Borer “Infestation” threshold populations inevitably crash locally by year 2020.

 

 

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WILD AMERICAN GREEN ASH LOCATED NEAR EAST COAST. LIKE A COMMON SQUIREL, INDIANS REGULARALLY STASHED PERSONAL ITEMS IN DEEP CREASES OF BARK.

TODAY’S PLANNING FOR EAB’S INEVITABLE ARRIVAL CAN BE BUILT FROM PREVIOUS 14 YEARS OF COUNTLESS MUNICIPALITIES WELL DOCUMENTED SUCESSES AND FAILIURE THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST

Details on Municipal EAB preparation & planning

After surveying for a municipalities best examples of Ash to possibly preserve for future generations with temporary treatment, a community Co-op program must be implemented by local Governmental entities to prevent individual property owners from paying high cost of insecticide applications reapplied every two during peak infestation outbreak. This is inexpensively achieved by licensing several “In house” public works staff through state approved pesticide certificates and purchasing product in bulk quantities shared by municipalities throughout local county, along with sharing of insecticide application equipment.

Otherwise professional tree care companies who purchase product for $4 per DBH charge both Public & Private customers from $9-$12 per DBH after adding on large profit margin along with labor, supplies, insurance, equipment and mileage from shop.

Properly applied drench or soil injection applications can preventively protect even the largest sized trees.

Here in Chicago, by City purchasing product in bulk and having In-house workers apply, it costs only $46-$60 per tree every three years to trunk inject.  God-sent results on over 100,000 treated trees only tainted by few “Partial” fails after only half of trunk received injections. What examples of comparison though as half of treated tree is 100% healthy and alive while untreated portion succumbed to borers!

By “Proactively” drenching every other or third public tree under a century old which today landscape entire blocks with monoculture of Ash, temporary treatment will allow younger replacement trees in between to enlarge, rather than clearing whole parkways, then planting new.

Inexpensive Drench applications can temporarily protect large portions of municipal Ash tree collections. Then these trees can be slowly removed and replaced over a decade on our planed time schedule, rather than Emerald Ash borer dictating when they die.

 

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Gilligan’s island theme…Sit Right Back, And I Will Share A Tale, Tale Of A Faithfully Protected Tree…No More Of Its Kind Still Exist Today, Except For A Few Saved Patriotically. Like Robinson Caruso, A Long Gone Primitive Species That Went Extinct, After Mankind’s Overpowering Greed. None Still Exist Today, Except For The Ones Saved By Scottie Ash Tree Seed. Only Man Could Kill Off His Most Perfect Urban Surviving Tree, With Only Maple Left Now Producing Its Iconic Helicopter Seeds, They Only Live Half As Long, And Die Before Age 30…NOW…Because Humans Prune Them So Horribly.

 

Spending $30 every two-three yrs. for a period of some 12 to 15 years after first local Borers detected, until danger from EAB infestations inevitably passes locally spreads low total cost of $300 out over long time period.

Verses public safety emergency causing municipality to borrow 10 or more years into their future to fund dead tree removals, let alone priority for installing replacements.

This municipality option per tree costs $300 for removal, $60 to de-stump, $300 to replace plus $200 to plant, $10 to mulch, and $30 per year to water. Add to that $60 X 2 for trees previous trimmings before eventually dying, for extending trees life one more year and removal of lower trunk’s copious Sucker shoots obstructing drivers views.

REPLACEMENT TREES MUST BE FORMATIVELY PRUNED FOR STRONG APICAL CENTRAL LEADER OVER ITS FIRST 15 YEARS, BEGINING WITHIN 3 YEARS OF INSTALLATION!

Final costs of “Battling EAB”  continue to rise long after dead trees removed as first and then second replacement trees die off when those same property owners who did not care to save their Ash never water their new parkway tree.

Now after three years of extended drought from 2012 to 2014 some municipalities are spending $30,000 to contract for regular watering of their new public tree collections.

Unfortunately Municipalities which spent the most to lose their communities whole Ash tree collection are continuing to experience “Tree issues” AFTER Mulch is improperly applied around base of new fragile trees. Scientifically it is exactly if these trees were “Planted too deeply” when carefully installed, and will slowly suffer over their short 30 years of life having their trunks chocked off by girdling roots produced within improper mulch layer.

NEW TREES MUST BE DUG OUT OF NURSURY AND INSTALLED AT THE ROOT FLARE LEVEL!! THIS IS WHY BURLAP MUST BE CUT BACK, THUS REVEALING IF ROOT FLARE IS BURIED BELOW 2″ OR MORE ADDED SOIL MEDIUM.

DETAILS OF HOW EVENT UNFOLDS WITHIN NATIVE FORESTS

locations containing many Ash trees such as Forests and Parks, is utilized by exponentially building EAB population which then kill off every unprotected tree within a quick 3-4 years. Event unfolds so blazingly fast, that most forest trees die before woodpeckers even begin damaging bark.  First, a low number of scattered individual trees succumb to borers before fall. By August/September of year two, almost 3/4th of living trees completely die off before they can produce emergency Epinormic trunk shoots to stay alive. By year three, unlike urban trees which decline over five summers, every mature example over age 20 fails before existing root system undamaged by borers can produce stump shoots around bottom of trunks. For example, if a completely healthy tree would be planted within a forest experiencing “Four year death” event, peaking infestation populations of EAB would completely devour every inch of living Phloem & Cambium layer down to where trunk enters soil. Since the inner wood of living Ash only contains 2% moisture, once dead they quickly begin drying out. Because of this “Species trait”, declining trees should be promptly harvested before heartwood vertically splits apart along wind stress flexing points.

Fredric Law Olmsted Ash

OLMSTED ASH

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