MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation is highlighting the importance of the ash tree.
The department's Urban and Community Forestry program is working with a number of other state and federal agencies to host a series of events to celebrate the importance of the tree.
Ash Tree Awareness Week is scheduled from April 27 through May 3.
There are an estimated 160 million ash trees in Vermont.
Officials fear for the future of the ash tree. In 2002 an invasive species, the Emerald Ash Borer, was found in North America. It has not been found in Vermont, but it has been found in neighboring states and Quebec.
The week will be highlighted by a number of nature walks so people can see areas inhabited by ash trees.