With the impending emerald ash borer potentially impacting the entire state of Pennsylvania I thought I would share this with my readers. We are often asked whether we should cut the ash now or wait. Well, now we have some guidelines to go by thanks to the Michigan Society of American Foresters. They have released a guide entitled "Silvicultural Guidelines for Upland Hardwoods with an Ash Component."
This is a two-page PDF document, developed by the Michigan DNR, advises landowners to prepare for the emerald ash borer by working with forestry professionals to obtain a forest management plan that prescribes harvest practices designed to reduce, but not eliminate, the ash component of their upland hardwood stands.
(The Society of American Forester's E-Forester, May 6, 2011)