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Ash trees dying out throughout Rockford
Thursday, October 9, 2014 11:45 PM EDT
By Elliot Grandia
ROCKFORD (WREX) -
A public safety hazard: That's what the over 40,000 ash trees across Rockford are becoming, all because of the Emerald Ash Borer.
Many ash trees are dying due to the beatle.
Ash tree removal began in the masses this summer as the insect continues to spread.
The city says this summer was worst than expected.
About 900 city trees were taken down, but an estimated 6,000-7,000 more need to be removed.
"If left long enough they can actually suffer a major collapse, and that's the reason we have to get these trees down as quickly as possible," Rockford Street Superintendent, Mark Stockman said.
"Some of them even prior to being completely dead."
City officials say for every one ash tree dying on city property, two are dying on private property.
Rockford Arborist, John Richards, warns with winter approaching now's the time to take them down before it's too late.
"If they are half dead on top now. The will be almost completely dead by next June."
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