The rain WILL stop eventually, and when it does, Village crews will begin tree removals and new tree planting associated with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The effort is part of a multi-faceted approach to help mitigate the possible effects of Emerald Ash Borer.
During the upcoming months, Village crews will work to remove Ash trees that have been identified by a certified arborists as more than 50% failing, or approximately 90 ash trees in the right-of-way. These trees are the most vulnerable to EAB infestation, and removal was recommended by the arborist that evaluated the 4,900 trees in the right-of-way, approximately 700 of which are ash trees and susceptible to EAB. Pictures of the devastation from EAB in Hazel Crest, Illinois can be found on the Village web site.
When possible, the trees removed will be replaced with a new tree. Residents affected by the Ash tree removals will receive a letter outlining the project prior to any work commencing. In addition, the annual Adopt-
A-Tree program will continue in 2013. The program provides residents with a tree planted in the right of way (location dependent), while the resident provides maintenance and care to help ensure the tree's survival.
Since 2007, the Village has planted over 600 new trees in public spaces and the right of way. This public-private partnership continues the Village commitment to urban reforestation, while maintaining the 12% tree specie diversity requirement. Those residents who have indicated an interest in the program will be receiving a letter within the next few days that will outline the next steps in the process. If you are interested in the adopt-a-tree program, contact Alex Henderson at 351-8812.