Our Forests and the Emerald Ash Borer

A forest is more than just trees.

It’s a community like ours, and as such, it is also filled with dynamic individuals working in concert to create a vibrant ecosystem. Our forests, our waters, and the plants and animals that inhabit them will not remain healthy if we ignore our impact upon them. Their health is critical to our health. By implementing sustainable forestry practices, we can maintain these precious ecosystems and help them thrive – which helps us thrive!

Damage to our forests can come in many forms but one form in particular is on the minds of everyone these days; the Emerald Ash Borer.

Because this insect is aggressive, The Conservancy has been monitoring its movements across our area and has already assessed and developed corresponding solutions to manage ash trees effected on our preserves. Assessment has been performed on seven of our preserves in the most impacted area, the northern part of Lancaster County. The affected preserves and their acreage are listed below:

  • Conoy/Northwest River Trail Nature Preserve = 21.948
  • de Perrot Nature Preserve = 30.980
  • Donegal Highlands Nature Preserve = 112.463
  • Texter Mountain Nature Preserve = 120.384
  • Upper Hopewell Forge Wildlife Sanctuary = 7.703
  • Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve = 920.630
  • Rannels Kettle Run Nature Preserve =91.948

Stay tuned for more to come as this situation unfolds.

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