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Ash Borer Creating Difficulty For Small Communities
Updated May 5, 2013 12:09 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(UNDATED) - Trees infected with the emerald ash borer are creating difficult choices for small Indiana communities trying to stop the spread of the invasive pest with limited funds

(UNDATED) - Trees infected with the emerald ash borer are creating difficult choices for small Indiana communities trying to stop the spread of the invasive pest with limited funds.

Budget constraints have forced communities like Huntington to dispose of diseased trees quickly but have left no money to replace them. Large communities like Fort Wayne are expected to spend $1.3 million on ash tree treatment, removal and replacement next year.

But Huntington Street Department Commissioner Dave Spencer says small communities can't afford to do the same and must focus instead on removing the diseased trees.

Decatur city forester Dwight Pierce says his city has lost about 1,000 trees in easements and city parks.



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