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U.S. Forest Service conducts tree experiment
Researchers use the Summit County Metro Parks
Story by ALISON RITCHIE


 

The U.S. Forest Service is conducting an experiment in the Summit County Metro Parks to find a way to replace Ohio’s ash trees. Many of the state’s ash trees have been wiped out by the Emerald Ash Borer – a green beetle from China that first invaded the U.S. in 2002. 

Kathleen Knight is the research ecologist conducting the experiment. She says that the dying ash trees have left a gap in forests that must to be filled. So, she’s looking to discover the ideal time to plant those replacement trees.

Research Ecologist Kathleen Knight

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Knight says she hopes to see some results within the next five years, but the trees will be monitored for the next 20 years. She adds that the results of the experiment could be vital to researchers as the Emerald Ash Borer continues to spread across forests in the Midwest.


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