NORTH AURORA – The Village of North Aurora is looking at removing an additional 900 infested parkway ash trees this year.
Village trustees will discuss the issue at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. The emerald ash borer is a destructive, nonnative pest that feasts on ash trees. The first case in Illinois was found in June 2008 within The Windings subdivision in Campton Township.
The infestation happens when emerald ash larvae bores through the bark and into the area where nutrient levels are high. As a result, the tree no longer is able to transport water and nutrients to where they is needed.
Removing the additional 900 parkway ash trees would cost an estimated $126,000, Village Administrator Steve Bosco said. The village is finishing up removing approximately 300 dead ash trees from parkways.
After the additional trees are removed, a nominal number of trees would remain that are either healthy or being treated by a resident, Bosco said.
“This would catch us up and get rid of almost all of the ash trees,” Bosco said. “From everything I’ve heard, treating a tree just delays the inevitable.”
The village will be able to pay for the additional tree removal through building permit revenues which have been greater than anticipated this year, Bosco said. Those revenues also will cover the replacement of the 300 trees that have already been removed.
If approved, the trees would be replaced this fall, he said. The village plans to have further discussions on how to replace the additional 900 parkway trees.