Vermont groups seeking ash tree stories, photos

October 6, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Vermont Land Trust are gathering stories and photos about the state’s ash trees which are threatened by an ash-tree killing invasive insect.

The emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees in North America. It was discovered in Vermont in 2018 and has been confirmed in multiple counties since then.

The University of Vermont extension service says “ash trees are an important part of woodlands, wetlands, towns and cities” because they provide habitat for wildlife, stabilize soils of floodplains and shade town greens, streets and yards.

Vermonters are urged to send stories, photos, drawings, maps, poems or anything else about an ash tree or trees by email to ash@vlt.org. Submissions may also be mailed to the Vermont Land Trust.