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UK Department of Forestry researchers ask public for help in finding lingering ash to save rare species

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The search is on for lingering ash, those rare trees that have managed to survive the deadly onslaught of the emerald ash borer. Finding them in the forest is like looking for a needle in the haystack, but the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is partnering with the Kentucky Division of Forestry to find as many as possible...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Of all the Asian exotic threats to woodlands, chestnut blight stands out as worst

Anglers bemoan the scourge of Asian carp — silver and bighead carp — fouling our rivers and lakes at the expense of bass, crappie, striped bass, walleye and other game fish. Land managers spend thousands of dollars and man hours eradicating Asian Bush Honeysuckle, which forms dense thickets in forest understories, shading out, and out-competing native vegetation, posing a threat not only...

Lexington announces plans to remove 78 dying ash trees along two major roadways

Seventy-eight dying ash trees, along two major roadways, will be removed by a city contractor this month. Thirty-four of the trees were planted along Harrodsburg Road between Cave Hill Lane and Man O War Boulevard by the city’s Corridors Commission 20 years ago. The other 44 trees are located along Man O War Boulevard between Alumni Drive and Clays Mill Road. These trees were planted by the city...

Five years in, Kentucky’s fight continues against destructive emerald ash borer

The emerald ash borer is a small, dark-green metallic beetle that feeds on all ash tree species. (Photo by Joe Collins)   By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward   The fight continues, but the invader has the upper hand. Kentucky’s ash trees, important as timber producers and landscape trees, have faced the onslaught of the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect pest from Asia, since 2009.   Since...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Emerald ash borer killing ash trees as it spreads across the state

The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle from Asia, is now in 21 Kentucky counties and causing the loss of thousands of ash trees. The emerald ash borer attacks all species of ash trees, including the blue ash, white ash and green ash. The larvae of this beetle damage ash trees, impacting the flow of sugars and nutrients within the tree. (Photo from Fish & Wildlife)   By Art Lander Jr. Special...