As the emerald ash borer makes its way across the
region, people are struggling with what to do about ash
trees; adopt an expensive pesticide management
regiment or act preemptively by removing dead or
dying ash trees. Depending on the number of trees and property size, removing and replacing with a non-host
species might be the best long term solution. Because
ash of different species grow in varying conditions,
there are many other trees to select from when
replacing. Below is a list native trees that have
particular value to birds and your watershed. Planting a
variety is better than a “monoculture” and avoiding
non-native species like Callery pear is key. Know your
soil type and exposure and match that with these trees.
Explore other native trees to bring biodiversity to your property!