Forest Insect and Disease Newsletter
Excellent, New Publication on Ash Management by Minnesota Extension
Ash Management Guidelines for Private Forest Owners is a new resource for family woodland owners in Minnesota who have ash trees on their land. This guide book is a thorough overview of the ash resource in Minnesota including: ash’s history on the landscape; ash tree identification; information on the emerald ash borer (EAB); how to identify native plant communities on your property; wildlife impacted by ash; and other related implications of ash forests and EAB.
Most importantly this guide offers recommendations generated by a panel of experts for private landowners on how to manage their ash. Recommendations, organized by native plant communities, include when to start preparing for ash’s decline, what trees to consider as replacement trees, and likely obstacles that need to be prepared for and managed. This guide may not have all the answers but it should help you understand the problem and guide you towards a management plan to help your forest be resilient and healthy.
The publication, Ash Management Guidelines for Private Forest Landowners, was a cooperative project of the University of Minnesota Extension and the Department of Natural Resources with the Forest Stewardship funding and the Renewable Resources Extension Act.