Officials say Evansville’s attempts to save every last ash tree from a destructive and invasive insect is off to a solid start, but more help is needed.
In May, the city announced its partnership with TruGreen to start the “Adopt an Ash Tree” program.
As part of the program, people can adopt an ash tree which helps cover the cost of treating it for what’s called the Emerald Ash Borer.
The penny-sized insect has killed hundreds of thousands of ash trees across the Midwest.
Officials say since the program was rolled out, 15% of the city’s 300 ash trees on public land have been adopted.
Many trees are already showing signs of the Emerald Ash Borer.
That’s why time is of the essence to save the rest.
City Arborist Shawn Dickerson says, “These trees will die if they are not treated. That has been the case with all the other cities that have dealt with this pest, that have been through it so far. No ash tree is going to be safe.
TruGreen Commercial Manager Anthony Moffat says, “What we really need now is to really have the business community engage with this project and the local foundations to use some of their funds to do some of the heavy lifting.”
Moffat says the trees need to be treated within the next six weeks in order to have any shot of saving them.
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