Ash management guide for private forest owners (PDF, 10.5MB plus a single page foldout) is a new resource for family woodland owners in Minnesota who have ash trees on their land. This guide book is a thorough overview of the ash resource in Minnesota including: ash’s history on the landscape; ash tree identification; information on the emerald ash borer (EAB); how to identify native plant communities on your property; wildlife impacted by ash; and other related implications of ash forests and EAB.
Most importantly this guide offers recommendations generated by a panel of experts for private landowners on how to manage their ash. Recommendations, organized by native plant communities, include when to start preparing for ash’s decline, what trees to consider as replacement trees, and likely obstacles that need to be prepared for and managed. This guide may not have all the answers but it should help you understand the problem and guide you towards a management plan to help your forest resilient and healthy.
Ash Management Guidelines for Private Forest Landowners (PDF) is a cooperative project of the University of Minnesota Extension and the Department of Natural Resources with the Forest Stewardship funding and the Renewable Resources Extension Act.
- Watch a May 2011 recorded presentation about the guide’s recommendations:
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Guiding principles for managing Minnesota sites with ash:
In April 2010, the The Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership issued Guiding Principles for Managing Sites with Ash in Minnesota (PDF, April 2010). A few highlights are to prioritize management on ash stands, favor non-ash species, reduce stocking and average diameter of ash, reduce ash concentration, regenerate non-ash species, and protect the hydrology of black ash stands.
Think you’ve got EAB? Here’s what to do:
Forest Pest First Detector volunteers have been trained in EAB identification, signs and symptoms, look-a-like insects, and even other species of concern including gypsy moth, Asian long horned beetle, Sirex woodwasp, and thousand cankers on walnut.
If you think you have found emerald ash borer, go through the steps at Do I have emerald ash borer? (246 K PDF) to be sure. Those without internet access can call Forest Resources Extension at 612-624-3020.
Video: EAB and your Minnesota woods:
The video has four sections:
- First Extension’s Jeff Hahn reviews basic EAB biology, dispersal, and impacts on host trees.
- Second, Keith Jacobson of the MN DNR’s Utilization & Marketing unit briefly reviews markets for ash wood in Minnesota.
- Third, we head to the woods for brief comments from Paul Dickson, president of the Minnesota Association of Consulting Foresters.
- We close with a summary of research and management recommendations for woodland ash stands from Extension’s Angela Gupta.
Special thanks to Jeff Hahn, Keith Jacobson, Paul Dickson, and Angela Gupta for their contributions to this video. You can learn much more about EAB in Minnesota at the UMN Extension EAB page.
What are you doing to prepare your woods for EAB? Leave a comment to let us know.