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Ralph Fahringer
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Identifying Ambrosia maple..
Apr 11th, 2017 at 9:38am
 
Are there any outward signs on a maple tree that would tell someone that it has ambrosia in it?

It would really be nice to know beforehand so I can be there when it is cut down! Smiley
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Re: Identifying Ambrosia maple..
Reply #1 - Apr 11th, 2017 at 10:12am
 
Here is a site with some info that should help you.
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Re: Identifying Ambrosia maple..
Reply #2 - Apr 11th, 2017 at 10:53am
 

Ralph, loggers and sawmills grumble about ambrosia beetles because they are attracted to logs during non-winter weather, and infest and degrade logs in storage.  Woods with high sugar content are especially attractive.   If the logs stay in inventory for long the grubs which carry the fungus get the staining going through the wood.

There is not much of a value market for ambrosia stained wood as compared to the clear lumber market, so log value drops as stain increases.

Get to know your local sawmill (and bandsaw mill owners) to get some of the "contaminated" wood. 

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Reply #3 - Apr 11th, 2017 at 11:34am
 
Thanks Ken... good to know. Smiley Smiley
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