Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ash borer hits Ohio State U, surrounding neighborhood; Columbus, OH

The Columbus Dispatch : Ash borer is spreading through county
Friday, June 19, 2009 3:12 AM
By Elizabeth Gibson


Melissa Zralik doesn't have any romantic memories about the tree in front of her Bexley home. It was just the marker she lined up with her side-view mirror when parking.
But a tree is still a sentimental thing, she said.
As the chainsaw roared and the smell of sawdust filled the air Wednesday, she was already missing the only tree on her lot. No more utility-bill-reducing shade. No more canopy of privacy. No more appreciating the colors in the fall.
The ash tree already had been doomed by the emerald ash borers fleeing its sawed-off limbs.
Although it's still mostly concentrated in the northeastern part of Franklin County, the borer was spotted in Bexley for the first time a few weeks ago.
Ohio State University reported its first case around the same time at Chadwick Arboretum."

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