Emerald ash borer, an invasive insect, is killing ash trees in Minnesota. U of M researchers are studying innovative ways to treat and use that wood.
Extension's Angie Gupta and Rochester Community and Technical College's horticulture instructor, Robin Fruth-Dugstad, put their ideas together, and are excited to use ash wood to create a demonstration project—a green-roofed garden shed with a covered bike rack!
The shed will serve as a learning site for students and community members to learn about invasive species and innovative uses for dying ash trees.
The City of Rochester's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee has embraced the project enthusiastically.
We have four goals:
- Demonstrate viable commercial uses for ash timber
- Demonstrate green roof technologies and techniques, and increase awareness of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green roofs
- Engage local RCTC Horticulture students in developing and maintaining the shed
- Support Rochester's fantastic biking and recreation community
Your gift—no matter the size—makes an immediate impact. The bike shed will cost $3,500. Dollars we raise will be used to purchase green roofing materials.
As part of a U.S. Forest Service project to create the Minnesota Wood Innovation Team, University of Minnesota Extension has been working to increase the market for Minnesota-sourced wood products throughout the state. The Minnesota Wood Innovation Team connects University of Minnesota Extension, UMN's College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences, Minnesota state agencies, landowners, economic development organizations, private industry, and the U.S. Forest Service to develop strategies and on-the-ground actions that enhance the industry and reduce fire risk.