Sugar Grove awarded Emerald Ash Borer Reforestation Grant

By on March 24, 2011

SUGAR GROVE—The village of Sugar Grove was recently awarded an EAB Reforestation Grant through the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus on behalf of the United States and Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The receipt of this grant will allow the village to begin to replace parkway trees that were lost due to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and to continue to remove ash trees that are dead, in severe decline or pose a significant risk of hosting the EAB. The village will work with the Suburban Tree Consortium to plant as many native species as possible. The replacement program is scheduled to begin late April/early May. The majority of plantings will be in the hardest hit area: the Windsor Pointe Subdivision.

On July 1, 2008, the Illinois Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Sugar Grove. Unfortunately in 2008, the economic conditions changed, and while the village continued to remove trees infected by EAB, the parkway tree replacement program had to be suspended. The grant will allow reforestation efforts to resume.

To date, 2,088 of the village’s parkway trees have been inventoried, with 607 of those being Ash species (approximately 30 percent). The Natural Path Urban Forestry completed this inventory to determine the number of ash trees village-wide and the anticipated impact of the infestation. This monitoring approach gives the Village the ability to modify the EAB response plan should new information or techniques become available to halt the EAB infestation or to save already infected trees.

While the village’s Public Works Department cannot remove infected trees on private property, the streets and properties supervisor will meet with any resident that is concerned about an ash on their property and recommend what action may be necessary.

For further information on the EAB, or if you suspect you have an EAB infestation, e-mail publicworks@sugar-grove.il.us or call (630) 466-7508. Information on the Emerald Ash Borer can also be found at www.sugar-grove.il.us/Dept_PW/EmeraldAshBorer.htm.

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