L. Jones wrote:Still have ash, no EAB yet, no reason to think that will continue to be the case, though. They'll get here, and they'll have help from morons travelling with firewood.
Wish I could find someplace that actually has the data online from the purple triangle traps they have up to monitor EAB travel/spread. What they are willing to publish claims it's not here yet, but it's way too close in New York for comfort.
I would contact your local extension agent or speak to any foresters you know in the area. I'm in NW New Jersey, they put the traps out a few years ago, and earlier this year a forester friend told me EAB is here, and all our ash will eventually die. I know it was confirmed to be in NY about 50 miles north a few years ago, so I'm guessing if it isn't in Western Mass yet, it will be soon.
It's great firewood, and here it's also seems to be host for our Morel patches.
For the OP, I'd recommend hiring a forester. Timberstand improvement is very much like weeding a garden.