First found on the east side of Glenview in Nov. 2008, the Village has struggled with emerald ash borer for nearly four years. In total, there are 5,000 ash trees on Village-owned right-of-ways and parkways and more on private land.
To assist the Village in replacing trees devastated by the beetle, Glenview has been awarded a $20,000 Illinois Urban Forest Restoration Grant, with funding from the U.S. Forest Service, Communication Director Lynne Stiefel explained in a recent media release.
Emerald Ash Borer has been a mounting issue throughout the region for nearly a decade and more than 300 infested Glenview parkway trees have been removed since 2008.
After laying its eggs on bark, larvae hatch, chewing through the bark and feeding underneath. This destroys the tree’s vascular system and its ability to circulate water and other nutrients.
The devastating beetle is native to Asia and is thought to have arrived in the U.S. by way of wood cargo materials, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. To date, more than 15 million North American ash trees have been killed.
The Village will replace the ash trees with different species, Stiefel said, and plans to participate in the Legacy Tree Project, allowing free insecticide treatment for more than 200 ash trees on parkways through 2014.
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