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MountainTrue wants your help to save ash trees in WNC

MountainTrue is looking for forest keepers to help fight the spread of the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that kills ash trees in three years, on average. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

An environmental group is asking for your help in protecting one of our native trees.

MountainTrue is looking for forest keepers to help fight the spread of the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that kills ash trees in three years, on average.

Ash trees make up about 1 percent of trees in this region. Its wood is used for baseball bats and some guitars.

MountainTrue said the beetle will likely wipe out most of the ash trees in Western North Carolina in the next few years, so the organization is trying to save what they can.

"What we're trying to do is to use insecticides to save just a choice few groves around Western North Carolina that contain important genetics or important wildlife habitat or important human values like recreation or scenery," MountainTrue's Josh Kelly said.

Kelly said MountainTrue hopes to save about 1,000 ash trees to re-seed once the ash borer moves on.

MountainTrue is holding an event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday to inventory ash trees. Click here to find out more.

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