The invasive emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash (Fraxinus spp.) trees in North America since the insect arrived in the U.S. in 2002. This exhibit showcases how this invasive pest has upset the intricate relationships ash trees have with the world around them and how the loss of these trees has impacted Haudenosaunee communities, Indigenous people to this area.

The exhibit was created by graduate student Bailee Hopkins-Hensley, who is passionate about the connections that Indigenous communities have to the species that sustain them.

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Ash and its Invasive Threat

The emerald ash borer has devastated ash trees native to North America since it arrived in the U.S. in 2002.

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Ash in its Environment

Ash provide shade for understory plants, seeds and leaves as food for small animals, nesting areas for birds, and wood products for humans.

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Ash and the Haudenosaunee People

Ash trees are significant to many Indigenous communities in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada including Haudenosaunee people, a confederacy of six nations Indigenous to New York State.

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