Last Chance to Save Indiana's Ash Trees

Written by: Lynn Zeheralis Posted on: August 3, 2017 Tagged: Indiana Parks Alliance Indiana Park and Recreation Association Save Our Ash Trees Campaign Blog: News & Updates

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The nonprofit Indiana Parks Alliance has launched the Save our Ash Trees campaign to preserve the remaining healthy ash trees in Indiana's state parks and state-owned nature preserves. The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect imported from Asia, has decimated the ash tree population in the northern 2/3 of Indiana and is rapidly advancing southward. Ash trees compose almost 20% of Indiana's forests and parkland, and is a common tree in city neighborhoods. The Emerald Ash Borer invasion is on track to decimate 95% of the ash tree population in Indiana in the next decade.

Help Indiana Parks Alliance Save the Ash Trees

AshTrees_HealthyAndInfected.pngThe Indiana Parks Alliance is working with the Division of State Parks and Nature Preserves to preserve healthy, mature, female ash trees ( white ash and green ash are most common) by injecting an environmentally friendly chemical in the base of the tree trunk. The female trees are being treated in order to preserve the seeds and to store a seed stock for ash tree plantings once the Emerald Ash Borer wave has passed through the state. Ash trees are part of our natural heritage, and have significant environmental and economic value. This makes the campaign to save them so important. Indiana Parks Alliance is engaging the public in this campaign through a year-long fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $20,000 to treat 100 ash trees in state parks and nature preserves including urkey Run, Shades, McCormick's Creek and Harmonie State Parks and Shrader-Weaver and Big Walnut Nature Preserves.

To learn more about the Save our Ash Trees campaign and the process to preserve these icons of the forest, please visit www.indianaparksalliance.org

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Indiana Parks Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for Indiana's State Parks and Nature Preserves.


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