At Thursday night's meeting of the Conservation Advisory Council, a topic of discussion was the emerald ash borer, which is making its way east from the Midwest and, having crossed the river, is now a clear and present danger to the ash trees of Hudson and elsewhere in Columbia County. The members of the CAC agreed that they, like other CACs in county, should be disseminating information about the emerald ash borer.
Two years ago, after Marilyn Wyman from Cornell Cooperative Extension made a presentation to the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Economic Development & Agricultural Committee, warning of the imminent danger of the emerald ash borer, Gossips published two posts on the subject. The first explained the threat; the second identified the location of ash trees that are street trees in Hudson. The good news is that there are only twenty-six--well, now only twenty-three--street trees in Hudson that are ash trees. The bad news is that, with the exception of one tree on Fairview Avenue and another on Glenwood Boulevard, the rest are along North Front Street and in the neighborhoods created by Urban Renewal.
Whether you live there, drive there, or simply look in that direction from the western end of Warren Street, can you imagine this stretch of Front Street devoid of trees?
The emerald ash borer is like rabies. There is prevention, but once the emerald ash borer takes hold, there is no cure. Saving these trees should be a cause that unites the community--a cause even more compelling than planting vulnerable saplings where trees have never been before (at least not in living memory), but sadly, although the threat has been known for at least two years, no action has been taken--at least not to Gossips' knowledge--to protect the ash trees in Hudson. It is hoped that the CAC can change that.
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Gossips Note: The title of this post is the original name of a coalition of public and private entities in Chicago, dedicated to saving the 94,000 ash trees planted in that city's parkways (i.e., the space between the sidewalk and the street). To learn more about that effort, click here.