Tree Frog Forestry News

Iowa prepares for surge of ash wood

February 26, 2014

What to do with the surfeit of wood likely to result as Iowa’s ash trees succumb to the emerald ash borer is a “big concern,” said State Forester Paul Tauke.  “That’s going to be a huge issue” in the next several years as most of Iowa’s approximately 55 million ash trees die, Tauke said. So far the state has recorded infestations of the tree-killing insects in eight counties, and Tauke and other officials expect the pest to kill almost all Iowa’s ash trees within a decade.