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    Ash Trees On Verge Of Extinction




    Ash trees are some of North America's most prominent and valuable tree species. They are essential to the plant communities in the United States; are a key part of American forests; and provide habitat for many birds, squirrels, insects, and pollinating species such as butterflies.

    Unfortunately, the latest update on the IUCN's Red List shows that five out of the six most prominent ash tree species in North America are already Critically Endangered. In fact, they are already said to be on the verge of extinction. Three of which, the black, green, and white ash, are the most dominant ash tree species. If white ash sounds familiar, it is because it is a popular and valuable timber in North America used to make baseball bats, hockey sticks, and furniture.

    The culprit behind the dwindling ash tree population is the prevalence of the Emerald ash borer beetle species which bore and feed on ash trees. The beetle species was introduced in Michigan in the late 1990s via infected pallets from northeast China and was discovered as the reason for the 2002 ash tree mortality in Michigan and Ontario. The invasive species has since continued to spread throughout North America because of warming temperatures in the region despite efforts to thwart the population.
    North American Ash Tree, Madagascan Grasshopper On Brink Of Extinction : SCIENCE : Tech Times



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    At some point human population will preclude any other life forms on the planet other than humans, microbes and food plants. If they can genetically induce dwarfism in the population and move everyone underground to free the surface for crops only, we can possibly feed 40 billion or more and what a wonderful life it will be.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    At some point human population will preclude any other life forms on the planet other than humans, microbes and food plants. If they can genetically induce dwarfism in the population and move everyone underground to free the surface for crops only, we can possibly feed 40 billion or more and what a wonderful life it will be.....
    I think insects will be fine. The mass of the world's ant population is far greater than the mass of the world's human population. And they* reproduce WAY faster.



    * Technically "them." Kudos if you get the joke.
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    Here in SC Tx we have the Arizona Ash variety. It grows fast, is extremely soft wood and dies fast. I heard it called a trash tree.

    There was a rather large one die at the park across the street. It had major trunk rot.

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    It's somewhat of a joke that they have to try to blame global warming. Chances are excellent that just being an invasive species released on a susceptible population of trees was enough. It's like the old joke headline, "world to end tomorrow, women and minorities hardest hit".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otto Throttle View Post
    It's somewhat of a joke that they have to try to blame global warming. Chances are excellent that just being an invasive species released on a susceptible population of trees was enough. It's like the old joke headline, "world to end tomorrow, women and minorities hardest hit".
    The movement of species into new areas, where they cause inordinate damage, is virtually always a human impact.

    Russian wild boars in Georgia. Asian carp in the Great Lakes. Pythons in the Everglades. Rabbits in Australia.

    Kudzu. Japanese knot weed.

    Etc.

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