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A metallic-green insect that destroys ash trees called the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is threatening the forests where Rawlings and Louisville Sluggers get their lumber, putting the bats in jeopardy. Now, it is on the doorstep of the ash groves in New York’s Adirondack region that the Rawlings company uses to produce hundreds of thousands of ash bats each year. If the EAB is not controlled, the entire species of white ash will be wiped out and there will be no more pro or retail ash wood bats made.
And that’s not all baseball fansâ¦this pest is also on its way to Denver. One in six trees in the City and County of Denver is an ash tree. And the Ballpark Neighborhood is surrounded by hundreds of ash trees. But fear not, the Office of the City Forester, a division of Denver Parks & Recreation, has launched the Be A Smart Ash education campaign which aims to actively educate and enlist the help of City and County of Denver residents in the process of identifying, treating and replacing ash trees both now and over the course of the next 15 years. Through this campaign, the City will care for ash trees on city property, including the ash trees surrounding Coors Field and other city parks.
Residents can become Smart Ashes by visiting BeASmartAsh.org for valuable resources such as how to identify ash trees, signs of EAB infestation and resources to help residents take action by treating or removing ash trees on private property.