One tree at a time

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Elburn was awarded a $10,000 grant this week for the replacement of ash trees on public parkways throughout the village. This one-time grant provided by the 2008 Farm Bill Pest and Disease Revolving Loan Fund will allow the village to replace 38 more trees and bring the village half way to its goal of ridding Elburn of the ash borer-prone trees.

The grant requires that the village spend $15,000, of which $10,000 will be reimbursed. It must also purchase mulch and a gator bag for each new installation, keep to a weekly watering schedule and provide quarterly updates to the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus for three years.

So far, the village has taken down about 400 trees. This year alone, approximately 200 more need to be removed, according to Jenna Cook of the Public Works Department.

“In two to three years, we will not have a single ash tree left in town, except in private residences,“ Cook said.

The replacement trees are 2.5-inch caliber and about seven to eight feet tall. Replacements will start with areas of the village where some residences have lost up to seven trees on the parkway in front of their house.

“We’re starting with people who’ve had more than one tree removed,” Cook said. “We want to help ease the pain of residents who have absolutely no trees in their yards now.”