It's a cold March Saturday here in Botetourt County, Virginia, and I am preparing to go outside and cut down ash trees. In the current issue of the QDMA magazine, Quality Whitetails, I have a story on how the emerald ash borer has devastated the ash trees in this country and such is certainly the case on our 38 acres.
Almost every ash on our land is sick, dying, or already dead, and I suspect the few that are not have the EAB inside them, just waiting for warmer weather to do their deadly work. Most of our ashes live in our creek bottom, but there are a fair number in our hardwood hollow and one recently cut one was in our backyard.
It is a small comfort that the ashes will be firewood for years to come, but it is a tragedy that they will all soon be dead.