Emerald Ash Borer: A Real Threat or Overreaction?

Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

One of our local communities just announced that they’ll be cutting down dozens of ash trees (up to 60) in the hopes of staving off an outright invasion of the emerald ash borer. Most of these trees are healthy.

As a woodworker, this bothers me. Mostly because I know that perfectly good potential lumber will be chopped into mulch. I’m not an entomologist intimately familiar with the of the migration and propagation of the emerald ash borer. And I understand wanting to be proactive and spreading out the cost of mitigation.

But is this too drastic a measure? Are we overreacting?

Here’s a link to an informational web site about the emerald ash borer. More specifically, this page has a lot of documentation for wood use options.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if local tree companies contacted their area woodworking clubs and publicized available ash lumber? Perhaps the clubs and arborists could collaborate to bring in a band saw mill to mill the trunks into manageable sizes to be picked up by local woodworkers. It’s a dream and would require some effort, but I’d sure rather see some projects made from ash than watch it go into the shredder.

What are your thoughts? Do we need to be proactive in cutting down healthy trees? Or are we overreacting. Leave a comment. I want to know your thoughts.