EMERALD ASH BORER
The Emerald Ash Borer was first detected in North America in 2002, but probably arrived on the continent a decade earlier. Native to Asia the beetle has been highly destructive in North America. Since its arrival it is estimated to have infected and killed in excess of 40,000,000 ash trees. Within 6 years of an infestation arriving in a wood lot 99% of the ash trees will die.
Ash has been a large part of our product line for more than 30 years. We want to rescue as much of this beautiful wood as we can and give it a second life as flooring. With the normal logging process most of the mature trees are harvested leaving a selection of smaller trees of all age classes to develop. In the case of the infected ash trees all sizes are being harvested. Many of these are smaller logs when sawn produce a lot of livesawn grain. These boards have nice sound character are more stable than normal sawn material. The only predator to the emerald ash borer is the woodpecker but unfortunately the woodpecker arrives after the trees are infested. Amazingly woodpeckers are able to hear the larvae and mature bugs moving under the bark.
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LET’S DO THE GREEN THING AND RECYCLE THE ASH.
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