Keep the Ash Borer out

To the Valley News:

Dear Potential Vermont Campers,

The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading vigorously and it is getting closer to Vermont. We want to save the ash trees because they are useful in many ways. First of all, the ash tree was one of the first trees in Vermont. As a matter of fact, the Abenaki Indian tribe believed they were created from the ash tree and people continue to make ash baskets today. Next ash trees are a good source of lumber, provide food and habitat for animals, make forests diverse, and they will live long, even through floods.

The Emerald Ash Borer usually travels by firewood. This insect, which is small and emerald green makes a D-shaped hole in ash trees. Please keep your eye out for a D-shaped hole in ash trees. If you suspect an Emerald Ash Borer, please contact: 1-866-322-4512 or for more information check: www.emeraldashborer.info

It only takes one person to bring the Emerald Ash Borer to Vermont so please do not bring firewood to our state!

Issy Hiller, Ava Fitts and the Woodstock Elementary School Fourth Graders

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