Research Foresters from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center were in Kansas recently conducting inventories of Ash Trees on Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ parks and campgrounds.
Billions of Ash Trees in the United States are under attack by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that kills the trees. In May, Research Foresters were at Corps projects in Kansas to set traps for Emerald Ash Borers. The traps will help the researchers determine whether the beetle has reached Corps projects in Kansas.
Ash Borer populations are often spread by the transportation of ash tree wood used for firewood. The Corps of Engineers ask that you not bring firewood from ash trees into Corps of Engineers parks or campgrounds as the wood could contain the beetles and spread it to other Ash Tree populations.
Over 74,000,000 people visit SWD lakes and parks and contribute $2.5 billion in visitor spending annually to the regional economy.
SWD provides a wide array of recreational opportunities at our three million acres of public lands and waters at 88 lake projects. Recreational activities include boating, swimming, bird watching, fishing, hiking, and camping. The majority of our recreation areas are located within fifty miles of a major urban center.
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is the steward of the lands and waters at Corps water resources projects. Its Natural Resources Management (NRM) Mission is to manage and conserve those natural resources, consistent with ecosystem management principles, while providing quality public outdoor recreation experiences, to serve the needs of present and future generations.