Burlington faces $1M fight against tree killer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A city official says Burlington is facing a $1 million, six-year battle that it will lose to an insect species that’s killed millions of ash trees.

The Hawk Eye newspaper (http://bit.ly/18C0CwG ) says city forester Casey Chadwick shared his dire prediction with the City Council on Monday. He said he’s finding the emerald ash borer “in every tree I’m in.”

The beetles are native to Asia and were first detected in Michigan in 2002. Since then the insects have been detected in 19 more states and have killed millions of the trees.

The insect was discovered in Burlington in July and has been found in four Iowa locations.

The U.S. Forest Service estimates that Iowa has 55 million ash trees. Chadwick estimates there about 840 ash trees on city property.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com

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