Barnes loses 2,000 trees to ash borer

HURON Barnes Nursery in Huron is feeling the effects of the emerald ash borer to the tune of an half
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

HURON

Barnes Nursery in Huron is feeling the effects of the emerald ash borer to the tune of an half a million dollars.

Gary Dugan, nursery manager for Barnes, said the nursery recently bulldozed 2,000 ash trees valued at $500,000. Twenty-six of 88 Ohio counties are infected with the borer and a state quarantine makes it illegal to move hardwood firewood and ash trees out of the affected areas.

It can cost between $80 to $150 a year for the treatment, but Dugan said without the spraying, ash trees won't have a chance of surviving. He explained that the borer, when it is in a larval stage, eats away at the vascular system of the ash trees, which is right under the bark.