June 25, 2012
Dear CSA Members and Friends,
The CSA Building and Grounds Committee and Ecology Committee would like to update you on the emerald ash borer disease and ask your help. This deadly beetle was first identified in SE Michigan in 2002 and, as predicted, has spread to our region. It is expected to wipe out 99% of the region’s ash trees. Approximately 14% of the CSA trees are ash, so this is not a small problem. It is a major safety issue and financial drain for our community and our two committees are working together to provide information and resources to you.
If you have ash trees on your property, there are several options available:
1. Remove dead or dying trees to prevent damage to power lines, roadways, buildings and people. Of course, removing a large tree, especially after it is infected and weakened, is costly. Below is a partial list of tree removal services.
2. If the trees are away from developed areas, they may be allowed to die and fall.
3. If you have a special ash tree you would like to save, you may want to hire a tree service for treatment. (See list below). The injection treatment is most effective for trees more than ten inches in diameter and costs approximately $12 per inch of diameter. TRE-AGE injection is reported to be 90% effective and will protect for approximately two years.
If you have any questions or need help in identifying ash trees, please ask the office (352-4751) to place a note in the ecology committee box and someone will contact you.
This is a significant problem that will not disappear. Please consider your options for being a responsible community member, for the safety of our neighbors and the health of our forest.
Beech Bark Disease is another infestation which has recently come to our area. Its impact is not yet as immediate or severe, but it will be another major concern for the CSA forest and property owners. Look for more information about BBD posted at the CSA, in your mailboxes, and at websites such as www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/fidls/beechbark/fidl-beech.htm
Please pass this information along to all members of your family.
Sincerely, CSA Ecology Committee and CSA Building & Grounds Committee
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TREE TREATMENT SPECIALISTS: Deering Tree Service, Tom Deering, 231-228-6492
L & S Tree Care Service, Steve Fouch, 231-392-6006
Kuhlman Tree Service, Gary Kuhlman, 231-947-8921
TREE REMOVAL SERVICES: Canfield Tree Removal, Isaac Canfield, 231-269-4287
Deering Tree Service, Tom Deering, 231-228-6492
Rob Mummy, Advanced Tree Removal, 231-590-8689
Smitty’s Tree Service, 231-882-4570