I have always liked ash trees and started planting them and saving naturally sprouting ones many many years ago. I've planted a lot of other species too including pine and losing all of our ash trees will not leave us bare but it is really sad for us to be losing them. The last couple of years I have been planting more walnut. (both black and Carpathian), tulip poplar, sugar maple etc. since I knew the EAB's were coming.
The up side of it (at least there is an upside ) is that I do have a need for quite a bit of lumber this year. The EAB's kill the tree by eating the cambium layer but they don't damage the wood.
I have hundreds of ash trees of all sizes and I want to be sure that as little as possible goes to waste. I will saw and stockpile lumber in addition to what I will use this year. The slab-wood from the mill and the tops will all go into firewood. I have a couple of buzz-saws of different styles and I have cut firewood with one of them off and on for years. I also have a third one that can be mounted on a garden tractor. I have several locations here on the farm to store firewood under roof. There should be enough for several years of heating the farm shop and the large house both.
I did not equip with Shopsmiths in spite of the setups but because of them.
1 1988 - Mark V 510 (bought new), 4 Poly vee 1 1/8th HP Mark V's, Mark VII, 1 Mark V Mini, 1 Frankensmith, 1 10-ER, 1 Mark V Push-me-Pull-me Drillpress, SS bandsaw, belt sander, jointer, jigsaw, shaper attach, mortising attach, TS-3650 Rigid tablesaw, RAS, 6" long bed jointer, Foley/Belsaw Planer/molder/ripsaw, 1" sander, oscillating spindle/belt sander, Scroll saw, Woodmizer sawmill