Frankfort to remove 262 ash trees
October 19, 2012 3:22PM
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:18AM
Frankfort this fall will begin to remove and replace ash trees that have been damaged by the emerald ash borer.
Village officials approved a $150,000 plan to remove 262 ash trees in the parkways that were deemed to be in poor condition. They will be replaced in the spring by a variety of trees.
There are more than 3,300 ash trees in parkways in the village — more than a third of all parkway trees.
All ashes were inspected and rated as being either in good, fair or poor condition. Those rated as poor are to be removed and replaced.
The work will be done by the public works staff and private contractors through a bidding process.
The village also consulted arborists and tree experts and researched treatments for the ash trees. Officials concluded the treatments do not guarantee that a tree will survive in the long term.
The ash borer is an invasive species. Adult beetles lay eggs on the bark of a tree, and the larvae later burrow their way through the bark and nibble away at the tissue that carries water and other nutrients to all parts of the tree. The tree eventually dies of thirst.