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What is happening to this tree?

Jere39

Jere39

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Leaves are starting to fall, so I can see this tree I walk past every day. It seems the bark on the west side of the tree has been shaved off from ground to top. It wasn't like that last year. I don't know if it is the result of some massive insect invasion, or the very hard work of some bird, or if it might be a biologic.
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I think the tree is a hickory, but I can't see the top well enough to confirm with the leaves. It's not easy to get to, and I guess it will become even more noticeable as the woods thin even more. I just never saw a tree like this. Anyone else ever see something like this?

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Jere39

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Looks like an emerald ash borer got that tree.
Just do a google images search of emerald ash borer tree damage.

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Thanks, I found google images that match my picture perfectly. I did not know there were any Ash trees here on my property. And, it appears it won't be long till I will be right.
 
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Thanks, I found google images that match my picture perfectly. I did not know there were any Ash trees here on my property. And, it appears it won't be long till I will be right.

Though I have cut firewood for years, until the last few I wouldn't have known an Ash if it had bit me. Now with the die off I see scores of them every day and seemingly everywhere. Ron
 
Jere39

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Thanks for the guidance. I still suspect this is the only ash tree within the 75 acres of hardwood I hike every day, and the 13 acres I own and cut from all the time. As this one was along my driveway, and leaning toward my utility lines, I decided to let a pro take it down for me. So, about 10 minutes shooting the breeze with me, about 15 minutes rigging a line on the tree, through a well anchored pulley and up to my driveway where he hooked it to his truck. Then pretty much 1 minute with his very new Stihl MS 500i, and it was on the ground:


Another 5 minutes to pull his ropes, and he was gone in about half an hour. I watched how easy he made it look, and still feel good about my decision. I set lines and pull trees to help influence direction when I am working to save other good trees, or avoid snags. Even at my perceived 90% effective rate, I don't pull trees that carry their weight toward a building or utility lines.

That leaves me this tree about 30' down over a hill for me to process.

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Jere39

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I cut it into 9' lengths today:


Then after rigging, pulling, re-rigging, pulling again, I finally popped section one up to the driveway:


Did this for the second section too, then got redirected by my Executive Officer. So, here two of them sit ready for me to log arch them to a processing area:

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