Bridge Over Troubled Waters

This wetland is a swamp forest dominated by water-tolerant Black Ash and Eastern White Cedar.  Black Ash has compound leaves, with one leaf consisting of 7 to 13 leaflets (average 9) attached directly to a central stem. Sadly, most Black Ash have been killed by the Emarald Ash Borer, an Asian beetle first detected in Canada near Windsor in 2002.  To protect the bridge and its users, dead trees close to the bridge were cut down. However, Black Ash saplings near the bridge give hope they will through time evade the beetle and replace their parent trees.