Standing Ash Prices on the Rise

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Timber Works is currently paying some of the highest prices we have ever paid for standing Ash timber!

Ash in Diminishing Supply

As you may or may not know, the Ash population of North America is in drastic decline, brought on by an invasive insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer. This Asian bug overwinters in the cambium of all N. American Ash tree species', burrowing tunnels in the tree's cambium and ultimately cutting off the ability for water and nutrients to flow up and down the tree between root and canopy. This outbreak has decimated Ohio's population of Ash, with many stands in Northern and Central Ohio undergoing a complete kill off in the past few years. Though this is a tragic event, timber owners have a unique opportunity to sell their standing Ash at prices significantly higher than historic averages, even after the trees have died.

Act Fast to Get the Most from Your Trees

If your trees are still putting on leaves, there's a good chance their value has not been significantly affected by the borer. However, once the canopy dies completely, the tree begins to decay and salvaging any commercial value from the dead Ash trees in your stand becomes a race against time.
Dead Ash tree among otherwise healthy canopy (right). Cambium damage typical of Emerald Ash Borer (left).
Removing the Ash from your woods has several benefits. The first, most obvious benefit, is the financial gain to be had from selling your trees before they are too far gone. The second, less obvious benefit, is the fact that having a woods full of dead trees poses a safety concern to landowners, their pets and others that find themselves in your woods. Falling limbs and debris can cause serious physical injury to people and animals. Further, the dead Ash trees are unsightly and take up room that should be occupied by other species filling in the gaps left by the Ash kill. Contact us today for a no-obligation assessment of your standing Ash timber today!

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