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City May Spend $1.5M to Remove Ash Borer

The City of Highland Park may need to shell out $1.52 million over the next five years to remove trees that are expected to become infected with emerald ash borer.

The City of Highland Park may need to shell out $1.52 million over the next five years to remove trees that are expected to become infected with emerald ash borer, TribLocal reports.

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Highland Park has 4,125 ash trees trees on public parkway and about 2,000 more on publicly maintained areas like bicycle trails, according to TribLocal. The plan calls for removing all ash trees and replacing them with another kind, according to the Highland Park News. The newspaper reports that chemical treatment is not part of the plan.

Emerald ash borer is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002, according to Emerald Ash Borer Info. The larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients, the site reports. Since its discovery, the beetle has killed millions of trees. 

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Ravana February 19, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Wait, what? Are you saying the city is going to remove healthy ash trees for fear that they may become infested by emerald ash borers or are you saying if they have to remove the trees, should they become infested, it will cost $1.52 million because they put in so many ash in the first place?
bre miles February 20, 2013 at 01:56 PM
EAB is fatal to ash and treatments are reserved for heritage trees as it is expensive and must be repeated indefinitely I am losing 6 trees on my property alone
Michael Ioffe February 20, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Dear posters, please inform local and central government if you can. We could create millions of local jobs in all states in USA RIGHT NOW. Harvest of 2013, profit from energy production, reduction on emergency spending will cover all our expenses after 8 months. Farmers, unemployed from housing, forestry, have skills, machinery, and will to make it happen: Killer beetles destroyed more than 100,000,000 acres of forests in USA and Canada from 2000 and 2012. One acre of alive forest evaporate 4,000 tons of water. It means that in air above North America in 2012 was LESS WATER VAPOR than in 2000 in amount=400,000,000,000 tons-less humidity in air, and probabilities of rain-real cooling mechanism in nature. Hot continent heat air, wind transport energy to Atlantic heat surface of ocean-EXACTLY a reason for power of hurricanes. RESULT: Increasing acreages of wildfires-3,000,000-2001 and 10,000,000-2012. Drought of 2010, 2011, 2012. In last 20 years the biggest damage was from hurricanes between 2004 and 2012. SOLUTIONS: Build small power plants, use wood as fuel, clean area and regrow forests. Make all our ponds, lakes, streams, creeks, rivers deeper and wider, build reservoirs to collect spring water. Build systems to relocate water from flooding area to dry. Thank you, Michael Ioffe.

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