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The Threat of the Emerald Ash Borer

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. One cool benefit of participating in Clemson Master Naturalist program (just search South Carolina Master Naturalist Clemson Extension to learn about it) is the follow up educational opportunities you can be part of.  Recently, a group of us learned all about threats to the health of our forests during a day-long workshop. The very next day, we got a news release from master naturalist coordinator James Blake that the imported invasive Emerald Ash Borer, which has killed hundreds of millions of trees nationwide, has finally been found in South Carolina. Although ash is not a major component of our forests, there are three species which grow throughout our state, and one, Fraxinus caroliniana, is particularly important in swamps and wetlands, as it’s favored as a nesting site for certain wading birds which also feed on its nutritious seeds. 

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.