Two weeks ago, Gossips reported the approach of the emerald ash borer, the insect that brings almost certain death to ash trees. At the time, we reported that there were twenty-six ash trees in Hudson, but we didn't know for sure where they were. Last night, at the Arts, Entertainment & Tourism Committee meeting, Alderman David Marston (First Ward), who chairs the committee, distributed a list—taken from a tree inventory done in 2007—that revealed the location of all twenty-six trees.
The bad news is that, with the exception of one tree on Fairview Avenue and another on Glenwood Boulevard, all the ash trees in Hudson—the majority of which are green ash—are found in the Second Ward and along Front Street, and they are pretty much the only species found there. Obviously the ash tree, which was considered the perfect street tree to replace the American elms lost to Dutch elm disease a few decades before, was the tree of choice to enhance the new neighborhoods created during Urban Renewal in the early 1970s.