Help celebrate ash trees

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BURLINGTON — The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Vermont Land Trust are partnering to gather stories and photos from Vermonters about ash trees worth celebrating. Many of these will be posted on the land trust's website at www.vlt.org/ash.

Stories, photos, drawings, maps, poems or any other materials can be emailed to ash@vlt.org or mailed to Allaire Diamond, Vermont Land Trust, P.O. Box 850, Richmond, VT 05477. The project is ongoing with Nov. 15 as the next deadline for submissions.

Ash trees are an important part of woodlands, wetlands, towns and cities as they provide habitat for wildlife, stabilize soils of floodplains and shade town greens, streets and yards. However, the state's 150 million ash trees are now threatened by the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect.

The project also will help raise awareness of this destructive forest pest, which was first detected in northern Orange County in 2018 and has now been reported in several other counties. Once infested, an ash tree is likely to die within five years.

For more on the ash stories project, to see previous submissions and learn about the work of the Vermont Land Trust, go to www.vlt.org or contact Allaire Diamond at allaire@vlt.org.

Visit www.vtcommunityforestry.org or call 802-651-8343 for information about the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program, a partnership between University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

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