Johnston removing ash trees before bug arrives

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Johnston officials have decided to remove up to five dozen ash trees before an insect pest arrives to kill them.

Officials hope that planting a variety of other species will create a healthier canopy before emerald ash borers reach the Des Moines suburb. Only trees showing signs of distress will be removed.

Emma Hanigan, an urban forester for the state, told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1fyuIVR) that Johnston is among the first communities in Iowa to cut down large numbers of vulnerable trees before the beetles arrive.

The state says the ash borer has been detected in three Iowa locations so far. The beetles are native to Asia and were first detected in Michigan in 2002. Since then the insects have killed more than 50 million ash trees.

___

Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s