Saving Ash Trees By Saving Seeds

The Journal Sentinel has an interesting article on efforts to save ash trees from the emerald ash borer by gathering a diverse spectrum of seeds from these trees. The seed preservation efforts, lead by scientists and train volunteers, began in 2005 in Michigan and will harvest seeds from about 300 healthy ash trees that will be stored at the National Seed Laboratory at Dry branch, Georgia. According to the article once the thread of the emerald ash borer has subsided the seeds will be planted at state nurseries and eventually replanted in their native habitats. It is believed that the seeds will remain viable for 40 years.