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All Ash Trees in Grand Prairie Subdivision to Be Removed

An emerald ash borer infestation has made it necessary for the trees to be cut down for safety reasons, officials said.

An adult emerald ash borer is about a half inch long, according to experts. Photo credit: http://www.emeraldashborer.info An adult emerald ash borer is about a half inch long, according to experts. Photo credit: http://www.emeraldashborer.info
An adult emerald ash borer is about a half inch long, according to experts. Photo credit: http://www.emeraldashborer.info An adult emerald ash borer is about a half inch long, according to experts. Photo credit: http://www.emeraldashborer.info
All parkway ash trees in the Grand Prairie subdivision will be removed by the city of Joliet because of emerald ash borer infestation, officials said Thursday.

The insect, the larvae of which burrows beneath the bark of the ask trees and systematically kills it in one to three years, leaves trees that are safety hazards, a news release on the latest tree removal plan said. It's nearly impossible to tell if a tree has been infested until it starts dying.

The Grand Prairie subdivision, located off Hennepin Drive and south of the Louis Joliet Mall, has a particularly high number of ash trees.

"The mortality rate for infested ash trees is one hundred percent; all untreated ash trees will eventually die," the news release said.

The is the second subdivision that will have all of its ash trees removed. The first, announced last week, is Warwick, which is located off Essington Road and Theodore Street.

It's estimated that the city will remove more than 1,000 trees by year's end, and will likely remove that many in 2014 because of the borer infestation.

For more information about the emerald ash borer, go to www.cityofjoliet.info and click on the EAB link or call the City of Joliet Forestry Division at 815-724-4046.

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