In the 1920s, the Oglebay family supported the planting of over 362,000 saplings that matured into the picturesque wooded hills of today. Over the decades, environmental impacts like disease and weather continually changed our forests. Oglebay continues to invest in these forest ecosystems.
What’s currently happening to the trees?
Ash trees at Oglebay are dying due to the emerald ash borer. Emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble
on ash foliage, but the larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer most likely arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. It is estimated that the emerald ash borer has already destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States.
What is Oglebay doing to preserve and reclaim its forests?
In the winter of 2014, Emerald ash borer was discovered at Oglebay. Working with state and federal officials, Oglebay began a comprehensive program of insecticides and treatments in a hope to save these trees. The expensive efforts proved unsuccessful, and today Oglebay is in the process of removing hundreds of dead ash trees from across the park. Landscape trees and hardwood species- many located in iconic areas of the park- are being replaced each fall and spring. The Park Commission has approved a comprehensive 3 year plan to replant Oglebay with native tree species in the Wigginton Arboretum and across the forests and landscapes of the park’s 1860 acres.
What is America’s Future Trees?
Earl Oglebay’s grandson, Courtney Burton, established the America’s Future Trees fund at the Oglebay Foundation as a way to ensure the long-term replacement and management of Oglebay’s forest resources and the natural beauty of the park. Your gift to support the Ash Tree Reclamation Campaign will be matched dollar for dollar by the America’s Future Trees fund.
How can you help?
Gifts and monetary donations of any amount to the Oglebay Foundation will allow the parks to complete the immediate and necessary tree plantings in the parks. Gifts made in honor or memory of a friend or loved one are permanently recorded and displayed in the library of the Wheeling Civic Garden Center at Oglebay.
For more information, please call 800-624-6988 or 304-243-4166
Please choose “Future Trees” from the Designation list below.