Carpentersville to fell more trees due to ash borer
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media October 1, 2013 5:00PM
The emerald ash borer. | File photo
Updated: November 3, 2013 6:22AM
CARPENTERSVILLE — More trees are slated to come down in the village due to the infestation of the emerald ash borer.
To date, Carpentersville has removed 879 ash trees, said village engineer Kevin Gray. This fall, more than 500 more have to come down.
According to the state Department of Agriculture, the emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green pest whose larvae feed under the bark of ash trees, cutting off nutrient flow essential for a healthy tree. It has been found in several states from the east coast to the Midwest, and in June 2006 it was discovered in a residential neighborhood in Kane County.
Focus on new trees
Grants from both the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Metropolitan Mayor’s Caucus have enabled the village to replace about 125 trees, while funding from the village’s coffers and a cost sharing program have paid for replacing another 427 trees.
Gray said the village’s current total inventory of ash trees, located within rights of way in village-owned properties and parks, is about 2,500.
The replacement trees come from several different species in order to diversify the stock.
“So in case this happens again with a (different type of) tree, we don’t have the same issue,” Gray said.
Carpentersville is one of many area towns that have had to deal with the destruction of the emerald ash borer.
“Unfortunately, everybody’s facing it,” Gray said. “It’s been in the area now for a couple of years where people are having to spend money to remove trees and replace trees. It’s going to be a lengthy and costly project.”
Officials are urging residents not to move firewood into different area, which they said causes the spread of the ash borer.
Carpentersville residents can call the village to detect and diagnose infestations of the ash borer on their land. Residents are responsible for tree removal on their own property.