The Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program has approved $211,000 in matching grants for northern Illinois communities within the Lake Michigan watershed to help restore the tree canopy lost to the emerald ash borer.
A tiny metallic green pest not even the size of a penny, the emerald ash borer hardly seems capable of the destruction it has brought to the area. But millions of significantly weakened and dead ash trees throughout the seven-county Chicago region tell a different story.
Long ago, in an old forest in Northern Michigan, a tree fell down. Suddenly the forest floor was flooded with sunlight, and dozens of tiny white pine seedlings sprinted toward the sky. From the Spring 2014 issue of Seasons, the member magazine of The Morton Arboretum.
In earliest spring, before flowers and leaves brighten the forest, there’s already a bustling world beneath the brown leaves. From the Spring 2014 issue of Seasons, the member magazine of The Morton Arboretum.