Protecting the Historic Appalachian Trail
In an effort to help preserve the iconic Appalachian Trail and to increase public awareness about Emerald Ash Borer, Arborjet Inc. has partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to treat ash trees along a region of the trail between North Carolina and Tennessee.
Emerald Ash Borer is a bright metallic green beetle originally found in eastern Asia. The tiny beetle feeds and breeds exclusively on Ash trees. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. As of May 2018, EAB is now found in 33 states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba. Since its discovery, it has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.
The Appalachian Trail, known simply as the A.T., is s the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. Located in the Eastern United States, it extends between Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is “to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail to ensure that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed for centuries to come.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, which encompasses more than 1,200 trails across the country, including the A.T.
Matt Drury, Resource Management Coordinator – Southern Region for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy received a $30,000 grant from National Park Service to treat and help preserve this historic piece of the trail. “I approached Arborjet after researching the company and realized that not only are they experts in the field of tree and plant health care, but that their latest initiative,‘Saving America’s Iconic Trees’ aligns perfectly with that of the Conservancy, and our goal to preserve the trail and the environment, while also educating people about the importance of this initiative – saving trees.”
“Saving America’s Iconic Trees,” campaign was devised to ensure the health and longevity of the country’s trees. The campaign targets America’s most beloved trees, offering complimentary treatment to prevent insects, disease and poor health. Throughout 2018, Arborjet will donate high-profile treatments and host educational events across the country. The company invites homeowners, state, city, town and municipal leaders to nominate iconic trees in their communities for potential recognition and treatment by visiting www.arborjet.com/saving-americas-iconic-trees.
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