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Adult EAB on ash leaf
1 leaf, 9 leaflets
1 leaf, 7 leaflets
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| Healthy ash branch
A close-up of a with seeds!
of ash trees
In the U.S, the EAB has been detected in:
Ash trees are treasured by Native American tribes from the Northeast. The brown ash is deeply embedded in their cultures traditions, and spiritual beliefs.
Ash also provides economic growth for their communities. The wood is used to make snowshoes, decoys, canoe paddles and as medicine. Brown ash (also called black ash) is used to create intricate woven baskets, toys and musical instruments.
While EAB threatens the life styles and tradition of Indian tribes, it has also offered a new opportunity: the USDA and tribal groups are joining efforts and sharing knowledge to protect ash trees.
Kelly Church is a 5th generation basket weaver from the Grand Traverse band of the Ottawa and Ojibwe.
“Ash trees are important to Native people of the northeast, animals of the forest, and even the ecologies of the forest,” she said. “Each Federal agency, State agency, Tribal government, tribal harvester, or just one person can make a difference; but working together we can make a bigger difference for all of us.”
Entire tribal communities are working with the USDA's EAB program:
Mohawk, Ojibwe, Penobscot are surveying for the beetle
The USDA is searching for a treatment to kill EAB in black ash logs so raw materials can be removed from quarantine areas without spreading EAB.
With the ash tree species in peril, Native communities have been collecting and storing ash seeds. This will help protect the genetic diversity of ash trees for future generations.
“Seed collection efforts and studying the submergence of logs will assist in the continuation of our tradition for future generations,” Church said. “Many seeds, documentation, and more studies will be needed; however each step we take will assist in efforts to sustain our cultural and heritage.”
Ash Tree Guide by David L. Rogers, Michigan State