We were recently given this beautiful black ash (Fraxinus nigra). Natural Lands Trust member Rick Webb donated it to us and I planted it near a wetland along French Creek. The temporary fence is to protect it from the deer.
There is another threat to ash trees that we are likely to confront: the emerald ash borer. We will continue to plant ash trees as they are an important part of our native plant community. But we are also evaluating what methods we might use if—some say when—EAB arrives here. We are making lists of ash trees we'd like to save and gathering information on treatments.
This is one our the ash trees we'd like to see survive.
What can you do to protect ash trees? It's easy. Don't move firewood. The primary vector for the beetle is in wood that people move.