Save Our Ash Trees

The Indiana Parks Alliance is working with Indiana State Parks and Nature Preserves to protect 100 mature, seed producing ash trees across the state to save this native species for the future.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that has killed tens of millions of ash trees since it first came to the U.S. in 2002. As of March 2017, EAB has been documented in all 92 counties in Indiana. Within the next ten years, 95% of all ash trees in Indiana will have been lost!

Ash trees compose 15-20% of our Indiana forests, and they have both environmental and economic benefits.

The Division of Nature Preserves has already treated 100 trees in 2017 at Portland Arch NP, Big Walnut NP, Pedestal Rock NP, Rocky Hollow-Falls Canyon NP, Mounds State Park, Shrader-Weaver NP, Coffee Bayou NP, Kramer Woods NP, and Hemmer Woods NP.

Join The Campaign!
100% of every donation will go to the Save Our Ash Trees program. The average cost of treating one mature ash tree is $200, so we have set our campaign goal at $20,000. We need your help!

Ash trees have been located and targeted for treatment at Turkey Run State Park, Shades State Park, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Harmonie State Park, Shrader-Weaver Nature Preserve, and Big Walnut Nature Preserve. The insecticide being used is Emamectin Benzoate, which is not a neonicotinoid, and is safe for pollinators like honey bees.

                              Year-end appeal ~ save a tree

Can you imagine a better gift – for yourself or someone special – than a mature tree providing shade, beauty and a place where other creatures can find food, shelter and a home to raise their young? As you work through your holiday lists, seeking the perfect present for each person, remember this tree because without our help it will disappear.

This holiday season, you can give a gift to yourself or someone special, and at the same time enhance Indiana’s beautiful natural landscape and all who enjoy it. While any amount is appreciated, your gift of $200 will provide treatment for one ash tree for several years. Your gift will live on long after the wrapping paper is recycled and the decorations taken down – year after year!

(Photo of ash trees at Turkey Run that have already been treated to protect against emerald ash borer.)


Select a donation amount below and help Save Our Ash Trees for tomorrow!

$200 (saves an entire ash tree)
$100 (saves ½ of an ash tree)
$50 (saves ¼ of an ash tree)
Other amounts help too!

*Donors of $200 or more will receive a 1-year membership in Indiana Parks Alliance.

What is an Emerald Ash Borer?  How does it kill an ash tree?  Why should we care?  How can I help?
Watch this short, 5-minute, video produced by Indiana Parks Alliance to answer those important questions.