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The Insiders: It’s time to help save the ash trees

We at the Insider love trees. They provide shade on a hot day, grow some delicious fruit that help with our vitamin and nutrient intake and we can’t forget about all those wonderful leaves and needles that we have to rake from our yards each fall.

Well, that last one isn’t all that great, but you catch our drift. Trees are vital to our way of life because of that whole transformation of carbon dioxide into oxygen, but also you have to wonder where would you carve the initials of your first love? What would you use to block the view of those nosy neighbors? And what would happen to the squirrel and chipmunk population?

And one species – the ash tree – needs your help. The Emerald Ash Borer is considered one of the most destructive forest pests in North America and has killed large populations of ash trees in the Northeast since the late 1990s. Just last year, it was spotted in Concord, so it’s time to be proactive. So tonight, the New Hampshire Audubon is hosting a workshop at the McLane Center (84 Silk Farm Road) on the signs and symptoms to watch for so that you, yes all of you, can help locate and report suspicious and potentially infested ash trees. The workshop runs for two hours, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and includes a field trip into the forests around the McLane Center, so bring binoculars, a drink and dress appropriately for weather and bugs.

RSVP is required so email Phil Brown at pbrown@nhaudubon.org or call 224-9909, ext. 334.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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