To the editor: Ash borer is sobering reality
To the editor,
The finding of emerald ash borer (EAB) in St. Paul is a sobering reality to many of us who consider ourselves friends of the trees. I'd like to encourage the people of St. Paul, Hastings, and wherever else EAB may pop up, to avoid doubling the sorrow. Watch out for opportunists who will be going door-to-door trying to sell you tree cures, tree removal or new trees. Always check references and credentials of tree care companies. Don't buy trees dug from the wild and only plant replacement trees that are hardy to zone 4. Also, use a diversity of species for replacement trees.
In the recent legislative session, several lawmakers went to bat on behalf of the state's natural and urban forests. Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul; Rep. Diane Loeffler, DFL-Minneapolis; and Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, deserve special recognition for their efforts on behalf of the environment. Trees provide a wealth of environmental benefits consistent with the goals of the Legacy Fund and I want to thank these legislators for knowing that trees are a vital source of wildlife habitat, as well as helping to capture stormwater runoff, sequestering carbon dioxide and reducing heating and cooling costs for buildings. As EAB does its damage in the next several years, we'll need an even greater focus on the means to preserve and replace our forest resources.