Ash Trees—Help Available Through WSOS
The first time I saw one, in 2008, I thought, “what a pretty bug”. It was about ½ inch long and fluorescent green. Little did I know……
Since then, the four acres of hardwoods that surround my home, have been heavily impacted by this “pretty bug”.
The Emerald Ash Borer (an Ash tree killing insect from Asia), was first discovered near ToledoOhio in 2003. Although there was a statewide ban on firewood in 2008, the Ash Borer has decimated much of the Ash tree population in Ohio. This is significant, because it is estimated that 1 in every 10 trees in Ohio’s forests is an Ash tree. In fact, it may be the most serious problem facing Ohio’s forests today.
Breann Hohman, Watershed Coordinator for the Erie Soil & Conservation District, reports that in 2011, ODNR, (Ohio Division of Natural Resources), began a grant program that helped Sandusky and other communities remove dead Ash trees.
She reports that WSOS has financial assistance available for homeowner to receive 40% cost share on the removal of up to two Ash trees on their property. The project aims at preventing damage that may result from hazardous Ash trees in eligible counties: Erie, Huron, Lorain, Ottowa, Sandusky, Lucas and Wood .
There is an application that you can download online at wsos.org or you can pick up a copy at the Erie, Soil & Conservation District at 2900 Columbus Ave., Room 131 in Perkins Twp.
There is no income requirement. You must submit an estimate from three companies that employ ISA certified arborists. But hurry, the deadline to submit applications is November 30.
For questions, you can contact Cindy Brookes, watershed coordinator, at 419-334-5016, or,
Erie Soil & Water Conservation District, 419-626-5211
We take down most of our own trees, but there are some that are scary close to the house and we made the investment. WSOS is there for you, too.