Elmhurst takes pre-emptive strike against Emerald Ash Borer — Elmhurst news, photos and events — TribLocal.com:
Elmhurst has not yet had an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer, but it doesn’t want to take any chances on attracting the insect that could result in the loss of a significant portion of its tree canopy.
The city has developed a plan to deal with the threat of the small green beetle that lays its eggs in the bark of Ash trees, and deprives the trees of nurtrients, which causes the death of the trees.
Elmhurst will pre-emptively remove and replace Ash trees that grown on public property. Ash trees make up about 10 percent of the city’s 22,000 trees. The city will remove and replace about 115 Ash trees a year with non-Ash trees over a period of about 20 years.