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The Scourge At Maine's Door: Emerald Ash Borer Threatens Maine's Ash Trees, Tribal Roots

Mike Groll
Associated Press File
An emerald ash borer larvae is removed from an ash tree in Saugerties, N.Y., in Sept. 2017.

With the wood of the mighty ash tree, the inhabitants of Maine have been paddling across rivers and bays, sowing crops, weaving baskets and surviving the cold for thousands of years. To Maine’s indigenous people, the ash tree is the very source of their existence, the tree that legend says gave birth to the Wabanaki people. And it’s in danger of disappearing from the Maine landscape.

The bug is small enough to fit on a penny. It’s called the emerald ash borer, and it has been bearing down on Maine since it was first spotted in the United States 16 years ago. Now, it’s on the state’s doorstep.

(To read the full story, click here: The Scourge at Maine's Door: The emerald ash borer threatens to kill all of Maine’s ash trees, and the roots of tribal culture)

Barbara grew up in Biddeford, Maine. She earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Southern Maine.