NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– It took a few days for a team of tree removal specialists to cut down and remove a massive green ash tree on the Quad this week.
Several students and alumni reacted to the pictures we posted on social media. Several expressing regret at the sight. One person wrote it was her favorite tree on campus to sit under and read.
The giant ash fell victim to an invasive species. The emerald ash borer (EAD) killed the tree. The EAD has decimated ash trees across the campus.
According to Westminster biology professor Ann Throckmorton, bore holes from the beetles first appeared two years ago. She pointed out the EAD has also killed nearly 100 trees at the Field Station.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources lists the EAD as an invasive species pest threat. It’s a native beetle from Asia that has affected ash tree populations in nearly 20 states.