It’s probably not a surprise to anybody to hear me say that Detroit is having severe difficulties coping with an Asian newcomer right now.
It might, however, come as a bit of a shock to hear that rather than some new hybrid automobile, the state best known for supplying America’s need for hot, nasty speed is putting up roadblocks at the border for this little guy.The Emerald Ash Borer, which apparently came over from Asia in packing material, has been ravaging the ash population in Michigan since 2002. The state of Michigan, and the U.S. Forest Service, decided the best way to address the issue was with a quarantine, which accomplished absolutely nothing. Despite the locking down (well, at least the attempt) the movement of ash trees, firewood, wood chips and the like, the little devil has moved into Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, inspiring local quarantines, and leaving still more dead and dying trees in its wake.
So what does this have to do with baseball? While I think I could replace all of the ash wood in your home tomorrow, and you wouldn’t notice, it is the favorite of most Major League Baseball players. The forests owned by Louisville Slugger, which are in northern Pennsylvania, are safe for now, but spring is coming.
By new Environmental Graffiti contributor Ben Ray. Ben is a freelance writer, check him out at What’s Required