Mar 10
lorenyoung's picture

Emerald Ash Borer

The ash tree is a very important tree in Vermont’s landscape.  Ash have beautiful diamond shaped bark patterns and they stand out in a forest due to their tall and straight lines.  To me, ash trees are iconic.  They makes the green mountains green in the spring and summer, and turn to vivid orange hues in the fall.  My dad and I find morel mushrooms growing the nitrogen rich soil at the base of our ash trees.  They are known for having great, full tops, and bring good value in the timber market.  Birds love ash trees because they are high enough to keep away predators, and deer rely on ash trees as they eat the buds off the young tops in the winter. 
Oct 13

College Essay Workshop -- Online Version

For those who couldn't make the YWP-VSAC College Essay workshop Oct. 14 (it was pretty awesome -- thanks to the seniors who attended), you can go to our online version. From now until Oct. 31, access resources, help & feedback. 


Apr 19

Dusting. Packing. Shipping.

College. University. The next step.

There is no word that scares me more than one that asks me to plan where I am going next. I am a dreamer, i am someone who wants to see the world happy and peaceful. I am someone who wants to help make it that. I am someone who can't be in one place for long. I am someone afraid to let people in because I want to spare myself the torture of having to leave them in a year's time. I am someone who at 17, panics so much about her next step that find comfort only in her mother's arms; and only at a point where it has reached the very bottom of where it could possibly go.
Mar 25

How To Be Empty

If you are one of the seventy-million people who wish to be empty, then continue to read the following paragraphs, if not, I urge you to turn away, for the following is not a safe road.

    You set aside loose fitting clothes before bed, along with a row of happiness—filled capsules.You find a soft spine measuring tape and place it beside your bed. You turn up the thermostat as high as it can go and put on many layers. You make sure to stack as many blankets on you as possible, heated ones on high are best. You feel even better when you remember the hot water bottle. You are burning up but you smile because you know that with every drop of sweat you spill, calories begin to panic and run away from your stomach. Your thighs.
Mar 25

The Definition of Modern-Day Schooling

The Definition of Modern Day Schooling

Everyone is genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’ — Albert Einstein

    It is 1905 in France and a psychologist named Alfred Binet is developing a test of intelligence. The French Ministry of Education is waiting for this evaluation to be completed, then handed out to students to determine which of them were slow learners.

The test was introduced as the ‘Binet-Simon scale’. This seemingly minor event would set off a butterfly effect that would flap its way right into a brewing storm. A century later, the youth are still feeling the wind from its wings.
Mar 15
kanec's picture

Don't Disturb The Trees

A small bug is invading ash trees around the United States and spreading like a rapid fire. The emerald ash borer started in China and Eastern Asia, It is expected to kill around 8.7 billion ash trees by the time it's done . When Emerald Ash Borer was discovered the rate of ash mortality increased by 2.7 percent per year, which will decrease living ash trees by 1.8 Cubic meter per hectare.  

While many people want to fight the emerald ash borer by treating trees with pesticides, finding natural predators, or changing people’s behavior to save the ash trees, I believe we should let nature take its course and cut the trees down when they die.
Mar 15

Emotional Connection

For me it is hard to have a place with an emotional connection.  I have never been in the same place my whole life. The only constant for me has been going to Pennsylvania to see my Uncle John and cousin Brianna.  It is crazy to think that going there has been a constant for me and not living in the same place my whole life. My whole life has been basically going back and forth between my parents, moving, and traveling.  The one place that I do love going to so I can escape from the world is my Aunts in Hardwick.
Mar 15
essay 0 comments challenge: Pal
cksak's picture

Wait, wheres Bethany?

Bethany appeared on December 19th, 2010. I was six years old. She comforted me. She became like my guardian angel. We played together all the time. I asked her opinions on dresses or on my hair. She is very honest! When I turned seven she got me a photo. It was a picture of me and her. I went to go show my mom, but she got confused and asked me if I hit my head. I shook my head and said “Mommy don’t you see Bethany?!”

“Jamie, it's just you in that photo!” My mother exasperated. She doesn't understand me, I thought to myself. Bethany is real, and my mom just wants to be mean. For my 8th birthday Bethany got me a plant! I ran to my mom again and showed her. She got confused and said I picked it! Could you believe it?! How could she still not see Bethany!
Mar 15
Abigail7789's picture

The Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer is an insect that is rapidly closing in on almost all of North America's ash trees, threatening to destroy all but 0.3% of them, all except for a select species called the blue ash. So, rather than injecting all of our ash trees with pesticides, or chopping them all down, we should look further into this resistant species.

The emerald ash borer kills ash trees by eating the layer underneath the bark of the tree, or the Cambium, but that’s the same thing many native North American insects do. The problem isn’t how the emerald ash borer is killing the ash trees, it’s the circumstances. The emerald ash borer is an invasive species with no natural predators, and since our ash trees have never seen the insect before, they have no defenses yet. Also the emerald ash borer, though it does not move very far on its own, moves easily because of humans.
Mar 15
Sophia B's picture

The Emerald Ash Borer

Have you ever looked at piece of ash wood and seen these weird tunnel-like mazes all around it? Well if you have, you’ve likely witnessed the work of the larva of the emerald ash borer. We need to take action to stop the emerald ash borer now but also do more research about them for the future.

The emerald ash borer, a small beetle from Asia known for its metallic green color, is believed to have entered the country on wooden packing material from China. The first U.S. identification of emerald ash borer was in southeastern Michigan in 2002. Now 17 years later the emerald ash borer has spread to the midwestern, eastern United States and parts on Canada. The emerald ash borers are spreading all across the world and they are spreading fast.
Mar 15
AvaJ's picture

Research Can Solve the Emerald Ash Borer Problem

A small beetle has been decimating ash trees across America. This small bug is causing 99.7 percent of ash trees to die, but by putting money into researching more about the emerald ash borer situation, scientists could solve the problem of how to stop the beetle.
Mar 15
AlwaysBlue's picture

The Invasive Emerald Ash Borer

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.
Mar 15
R.Poq's picture

The Tree Eating Insect

Ash trees are very important. They are very nice looking trees and help the economy. You might be one of the many people wondering why your tree lost its leaves so early this year. Well, the ash trees are being threatened by a bug called the emerald ash borer. They dig small holes in the tree and eat it from the inside out. These trees will be pushed to almost extinction. The ash trees have a place in the economy as well. People in Vermont who cut them for a living will be affected, as well as rural areas that have a lot of trees. That is why Vermonters need to take action.
Mar 15
johnj123's picture

Emerald Ash Borer

     The emerald ash borer is a bug that has spread into Vermont from places like Ohio and Michigan. These bugs are an invasive species that kill all species of ash trees. The emerald ash borers are about one-fourth to one-half inch long and bullet shaped with a flat back. According to The U.S. Department of agriculture, “Ash trees lose most of their canopy within 2 years of infestation and die within 3-4 years.” This means that if this keeps happening the ash trees will keep on dying. The big question about this bug is if we try to stop it and if so how do we stop its spread? All we need to do is not move the firewood and spread the word.
Mar 15
johnj123's picture

Emerald Ash Borer

     The emerald ash borer is a bug that has spread into Vermont from places like Ohio and Michigan. These bugs are an invasive species that kill all species of ash trees. The emerald ash borers are about one-fourth to one-half inch long and bullet shaped with a flat back. According to The U.S. Department of agriculture, “Ash trees lose most of their canopy within 2 years of infestation and die within 3-4 years.” This means that if this keeps happening the ash trees will keep on dying. The big question about this bug is if we try to stop it and if so how do we stop its spread? All we need to do is not move the firewood and spread the word.
Mar 15
TP_Flex's picture

Evil Invasives

Imagine a forest where all the trees are thriving, and beautiful ash trees are everywhere. Within the next four years, more than 90% of those same trees could be dead. If the emerald ash borer beetle strikes the forest, then those ash trees would have a very small chance of surviving. “Small trees can die as soon as one to two years after infestation, while larger infested trees can survive for three to four years” (The Arbor Day Foundation)  The emerald ash borer is an invasive creature coming to our forests, and so we need to stop the emerald ash borer before the problem get bigger than it already is.  
Mar 15
FrankB's picture

Emerald Ash Borer

Ash trees are dying due to an invasive bug called the emerald ash borer. “These bugs are metallic green and about ½ inch long,” says Emerald Ash Borer Information Network. They arrived in the United States in the summer of 2002. Since the bugs have arrived they have killed 99.7% of ash trees in North America. Why emerald ash borers are killing the ash trees is because they lay their larvae inside the bark. The bark disrupts nutrients and water, then eventually the trees starve.

The main reason these bugs are spreading is because of humans. People get firewood and they don't see the tiny holes in the firewood from the bug. One thing we could do to save our ash trees and make them healthy is keep firewood local. Then most of the ash tree deaths would stop considering the emerald ash borer only travels 2-3 miles in its life.
Mar 15
Epidg's picture

The Tree Killer

A bug that is a half-inch tall can kill a tree over a thousand times its size. A metallic green beetle called the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees in North America since its discovery in 2002. The beetle is one of the most destructive of trees in North America. One solution people have tried is pesticides, but instead, we should put our money into a public information campaign to educate people about the dangers of the emerald ash borer. With information about the danger, more people will be able to become personally responsible for their actions. People don’t know about the emerald ash borer, yet they are the reason the bugs are chomping down on trees. One group of people can’t try to stop the beetle; it has to be a collective effort.
Mar 14
essay 0 comments challenge: Dye
CKSLB's picture

Hair dye

I have always wanted to dye my hair silver or white. When I finally got the chance to, I took it. I bought my first hair dye bottle and I was so excited. I made it silver/whitish and it looked amazing, but I read the bottle and it said: “warning, product might contain cancer and other harmful chemicals if it 1. Touches bare skin 2. Is ingested or 3. Used be a complete moron.” I am not a moron and I didn’t ingest it, but it touched my skin. I stayed up all night and nothing happened, so I thought I was okay. I went to school the next day and I was tired, but that was normal.
Mar 12
xjp2005_23's picture

Emerald Ash Boarer: Watch Out For That Pest!

The Emerald Ash Borer has been spotted in Vermont recently, and Vermonters are working to find a way to stop them.  This informational piece will teach you about the Emerald Ash Borer, and hopefully convince you to help out with stopping the green pest.

First of all, the Emerald Ash Borer kills ash trees, and one in four trees in Vermont, is an ash tree.  Ash trees are used to make different everyday items, such as baseball bats, bows, and handles for tools.  And, they also create oxygen like other trees. So, if all the ash trees die, not only will it affect the economy, but also our ecosystems as well.

Some things you can do to prevent the Emerald Ash Borer is, burn your wood where you buy it, so if your camping, and you buy wood, don't bring extra back home.  Or just buy what you need and save money, and the ecosystems of Vermont. Infected ash trees will have engraved/carved out lines in them, and would be dried out.