The emerald ash borer is an invasive species that has been destroying ash trees for many years. The species had been brought over by packing crates, most likely from China. They have spread all over America and they are now in South Hero. These insects destroy 99.7% of ash trees and lay their larvae inside the tree, “The emerald ash borer has destroyed 40 million ash trees in Michigan alone and tens of millions throughout other states and Canada.” (Arbor day foundation). These larvae eat the connective tissue of the tree, and the tree eventually dies. One of the things we, as members of the South Hero community, can do to help this problem is to keep the transportation of ash firewood local.