|Green ash swamp infested with emerald ash borer (EAB)|
Invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) has found an ash bonanza in the impounded swampland east of Delaware Reservoir. The infestation is no surprise for Delaware County, Ohio residents. Complete destruction of ash trees may be inevitable in central Ohio and beyond. Just a few years from now there may be no large ash trees left living.
Optimistic ecologists hope that infestations will not cause complete destruction of large ash trees within natural woodland ecosystems. This area offers a window of insight into this hypothesis. The outcome does not appear promising, here.
|Dying green ash twins. Advanced EAB infestation is is killing this green ash tree.|
|Dozens of green ash trees harbor emerald ash borer larvae in this impounded swamp. Woodpeckers chip away bark to reach the large larvae in heavily infested trees.|
|These large serpentine galleries are diagnostic for emerald ash borer. Woodpeckers have exposed galleries under the bark of this green ash tree to get to the larvae.|