by David Maas
Maple Park—After the discovery that some of Maple Park’s ash trees were infected by Emerald Ash Borers, Maple Park Public Works Manager Mike Miller met with Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Scott Schirmer to discuss the situation.
“In almost all cases, there is nothing that can be done to save these trees,” Miller said. “It’s too bad, because they are some beautiful trees.”
The borer is an invasive species to North America, and has been blamed with the destruction of over 50 million ash trees in over 14 states.
“If we try to cut the trees down now, they will just move to other locations,” Miller said. “We have to wait until November or December before we can remove the trees; in cold weather the beetles become less active.”
Once removed, the trees will be burned within Maple Park. The trees can’t be moved out of the area, as a precaution to avoid spreading the beetle.
“These are some really big trees,” Miller said, “Some of them are over 100 years old; it’s a shame.”
The Village Board will look into how they will replace the trees, and which type would be best to avoid a situation like this again.
“Schirmer instructed me on how to handle the infected trees,” Miller said, “If we want him to, he would also come out and give a presentation to the board.”