Save Ash Tree from Extinction

Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture

Goal: Save the Northeast U.S. ash tree population from extinction.

Five species of ash tree in the Northeast United States are being driven to the brink of extinction by a dangerous species of beetle. The emerald ash borer is said to be “an efficient killer,” having been a notable predator since the 1990s; it has already killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada.

While it is said that the tree will not literally disappear, there will soon be too few left to provide the environmental benefits the species is known for; entomologist Dan Herms refers to this as becoming “functionally extinct.” Ash trees are vital in providing shelter to wildlife as well as filtering water. Additionally, their wood is used to make furniture and sports equipment, and their purplish and yellow leaves add to the variety of autumn colors.

These trees are much too important to let them die out, even in one specific area. Ash trees provide so much for the environment and humans alike, and we must demand improved protection for them against these deadly beetles. Sign this petition to save the ash tree from becoming functionally extinct.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Vilsack,

The Northeast U.S. ash tree population is in severe danger of extinction due to a species of beetle that has eaten its way through tens of millions of these trees. The emerald ash borer is a quick and efficient killer, having been recognized as one since the 1990s, and its damage output is at an all-time high.

Ash trees are extremely important; not only is their wood used to make furniture, but the trees themselves are essential in providing shelter to wildlife and in filtering water. While the trees are not likely to disappear entirely, there will soon be too few left to provide the benefits they have in the past.

These trees must be protected as fiercely as possible against the deadly beetles, before it is too late. You must support efforts to curb the beetles’ attacks and to find stronger protection methods for the trees themselves.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Andy F.

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2 Comments

  1. Much of our Ash Trees population in the NW. part of the USA are already in servere danger, and are close to extinction. For us and furture generations, it’s exetremely important that action is taken to save them.

  2. Jeannette Allan says:

    This is a very important issue to save the Ash tree, must be addressed immediately.

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