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Special Issue "Understanding and Managing Emerald Ash Borer Impacts on Ash Forests"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecophysiology and Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Randall K. Kolka

USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 1831 Hwy. 169 E. Grand Rapids, MN, USA
Interests: biogeochemistry; soil carbon sequestration; land management across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; water, nutrient and carbon cycling; climate change
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Anthony D’Amato

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405, USA
Interests: silviculture and applied forest ecology; forest management; regeneration; stand dynamics and development
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Nam Jin Noh

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
Interests: biogeochemistry; carbon and nitrogen dynamics; plant and soil interaction; applied forest ecology; forest management; climate change
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Brian J. Palik

Team Leader & Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 1831 Hwy. 169 E. Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA
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Interests: disturbance ecology; ecological forestry; stand dynamics and development; plant community composition and diversity; regeneration
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Tomas Pypker

Department of Natural Resource Science, Thompson Rivers University, 900 McGill Road, Kamloops, BC, Canada
Interests: micrometeorology; plant ecophysiology; hydrology; disturbance ecology; ecosystem management; climate change
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Robert Slesak

Minnesota Forest Resources Council, 1530 Cleveland Avenue N, St. Paul, MN, USA
Interests: sustainable forest practices; forest management; forest soils; applied forest ecology; hydrology; ecosystem function
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Joseph W. Wagenbrenner

USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, 1700 Bayview Drive, Arcata, CA, USA
Interests: forest hydrology; disturbance ecology; forest practices and management; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is rapidly spreading throughout Eastern North America and devastating ecosystems where ash is a component tree. This rapid and sustained loss of ash trees has already resulted in ecological impacts on both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and is projected to be even more severe as EAB invades ash dominated wetlands of the western Great Lakes region. We propose a Special Issue that will address current research documenting ecological impacts of EAB in forest ecosystems, as well as management approaches to mitigate those impacts. Prospective authors are invited to contribute original researches to this Special Issue of Forests. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Managements of ash forests and potential replacements, nutrient and vegetation dynamics, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration and cycling, hydrologic impacts, and pre or post-infestation silvicultural approaches or management strategies.

Dr. Randall K. Kolka
Guest Editor

Dr. Anthony D’Amato
Dr. Nam Jin Noh
Dr. Brian J. Palik
Dr. Tomas Pypker
Dr. Robert Slesak
Dr. Joseph W. Wagenbrenner
Co-Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  •     emerald ash borer
  •     ash forests
  •     tree mortality
  •     vegetation and stand dynamics
  •     species replacement
  •     silviculture and management
  •     water, carbon and nutrient dynamics
  •     biogeochemistry

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Open AccessArticle Buying Time: Preliminary Assessment of Biocontrol in the Recovery of Native Forest Vegetation in the Aftermath of the Invasive Emerald Ash Borer
Forests 2017, 8(10), 369; doi:10.3390/f8100369
Received: 27 August 2017 / Revised: 22 September 2017 / Accepted: 25 September 2017 / Published: 28 September 2017
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Introduced forest pests have become one of the major threats to forests, and biological control is one of the few environmentally acceptable management practices. Assessing the impacts of a biocontrol program includes evaluating the establishment of biocontrol agents, the control of target pest,
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Introduced forest pests have become one of the major threats to forests, and biological control is one of the few environmentally acceptable management practices. Assessing the impacts of a biocontrol program includes evaluating the establishment of biocontrol agents, the control of target pest, the impact on the affected organism, and the indirect impacts that the biocontrol agent may have on the whole community. We assessed the recovery of forest vegetation following the mortality of ash trees caused by the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) pest in forest stands where biocontrol agents were released or not. We used a multilevel framework to evaluate potential indirect effects of the biocontrol agents on native forest seedlings. Our results showed a higher number of ash saplings where increasing numbers of the dominant EAB biocontrol agent were released, while the number of invasive and weedy saplings was negatively associated with the number of ash saplings, and the density of native seedlings was negatively associated with invasive and weedy saplings. The protection of ash saplings by the biocontrol agent may help native recruitment during forest transition by supporting the growth of native hardwood seedlings over invasive and weedy species. These results show that research on the efficacy of EAB biocontrol should include all ash size classes and the community dynamics of co-occurring species. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Understanding and Managing Emerald Ash Borer Impacts on Ash Forests)

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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

  1. Authors: Rob Venette. Title: Variable effects of host on cold tolerance of emerald ash borer.
  2. Authors: Ben Dolan and Jason Kilgore. Title: Forest regeneration following EAB enhances mesophication in eastern hardwood forests.
  3. Authors: Rachel Kappler, Kathleen Knight, and Karen Root. Title: Neighboring trees and soil nutrients affect surviving green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) health in an emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) infested floodplain forest.
  4. Authors: Mark Norris et al. Title: Development of novel ecosystems following simulated emerald ash borer outbreak in ash-dominated forests.
  5. Authors: Joe Shannon et al. Title: The influence of water level on sap flux in black ash-dominated wetlands.
  6. Authors: NamJin Nho et al. Title: Carbon dioxide effluxes from coarse woody debris in black ash wetlands: Towards a better understanding of emerald ash borer impacts on carbon cycles.
  7. Authors: D’Amato, A, B. Palik, R. Slesak, C. Matula, G. Edge, and J. Pszwaro. Title: Increasing resilience of black ash forests to emerald ash borer using regeneration harvests in northern Wisconsin, USA.
  8. Authors: Bolton, N. et al. Title: Underplanting to mitigate the impact of emerald ash borer in black ash wetlands of the upper Great Lakes region.
  9. Authors: Kolka, R., A. D’Amato, J. Wagenbrenner, R. Slesak, T. Pypker, B. Palik. Title: Synthesis of ecosystem level impacts of EAB on black ash forests: What it means for the future.
  10. Authors: Duan, J., and L. Bauer. Title: Can emerald ash borer biocontrol help protect ash trees and ash-dependent communities in North America.
  11. Authors: Kashian, D., L. Bauer, J. Title: Potential impacts of biocontrol on ash survival and recovery in the aftermath of emerald ash borer invasion.
  12. Authors: Josh Davis et al. Title: Nitrogen cycling responses to simulated emerald ash borer infestation in ash-dominated wetlands.
  13. Authors: Charles Flowers et al. Title: In-situ conservation of white ash (Fraxinus americana) at the Allegheny National Forest.
  14. Authors: Charles Flowers et al. Title: Biotic and abiotic drivers of sap flux in mature green ash trees (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) experiencing varying levels of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) infestation.
  15. Authors: M.J. Van Grinsven, J.P. Shannon, N.W. Bolton, J.C. Davis, J.W. Wagenbrenner, R.K.Kolka, T.G. Pypker. Title: Gaseous soil-carbon flux responses to simulated emerald ash borer infestations in depressional black ash wetlands.
  16. Author: Kamal J.K. Gandhi. Title: Coarse-woody debris dynamics in ash stands infested with emerald ash borer
  17. Author: Klooster, Wendy et al. Title: A Review of Emerald Ash Borer Management and Impacts in the Upper Huron
  18. Author: Rieske-Kinney, Lynne et al. Title: Coleopteran Communities Associated with Emerald Ash Borer-induced Disturbance
  19. Author: Kolka, D’Amato et al. Editorial: Introduction to the special issue on the effects of emerald ash borer on ash forests.
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