Ash tree removal to continue cincinnati.com Cincinnati.Com:
Cincinnati, like communities everywhere, continues its attack on the emerald ash borer, with plans to remove more than 400 ash trees every year through 2016.
Of the 80,000 trees along Cincinnati streets, about 7.5 percent are ash trees, according to the Cincinnati Park Board, which developed a plan to fight the little green exotic beetle whose larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, killing the trees' ability to get nutrients.
That percentage is higher - 10 percent - among the 5,000 trees in city parks. The potential loss of the city's tree canopy and the impact on the city's budget of removal costs prompted the park board to call the ash borer the "biggest threat to Cincinnati forests since Dutch elm disease," which started destroying trees in the U.S. in 1930.