Village: Hundreds of ash trees set to be removed, more could follow
BOLINGBROOK – Just two years after the emerald ash borer invaded the outskirts of Bolingbrook, village officials now face a handful of dead trees and a potentially multi-million dollar ultimatum.
On Tuesday, June 11, the Bolingbrook Village Board approved a $65,980 expenditure to remove 142 trees infested with the emerald ash borer, an exotic beetle that lays eggs inside ash tree bark, eventually poisoning and killing its host.
The beetle is a threat to Bolingbrook's entire population of ash trees, about 36,000, according to Mayor Roger Claar, who insisted that the issue will take years to address and that the cost could be "astronomical."
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