Bolingbrook weighs ash tree removal, new treatment options
BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook is considering every option in its fight against the emerald ash borer.
In June, the village approved a $65,980 expenditure to remove 142 trees infested with the bug from center medians on Route 53. Now, new reports from the Illinois Department of Agriculture have led Bolingbrook to enact another plan: treating the trees with insecticide.
During a Bolingbrook Village Board meeting July 16, Mayor Roger Claar called the emerald ash borer “public enemy number one,” explaining the invasive species – which first arrived in Bolingbrook in 2011 – is poisoning and killing the community’s 36,000 ash trees and forcing village officials to consider treatment and removal options.
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