Once thought to be eradicated in central Ohio, the Emerald Ash Borer has once again appeared in Franklin County.
The Upper Arlington Tree Commission discussed a plan Tuesday to fight the Emerald Ash Borer that’s killing thousands upon thousands of Ash trees in parts of the upper Midwest and Canada. Part of that plan is to go ahead and begin removal of some of the Ash trees even though the closest insect is 15 miles away.
Faced with a severe cut in federal funding, the state of Ohio is changing the way it will fight the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. Because of the federal funding cut and a lack of state funding, the infestations could spread.
In Delaware County, loggers continue to cut down ash trees. The huge ash tree clearing effort is aimed at stopping the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. The effort is drawing sharp criticism from land owners who claim they are being bullied by state officials and the contractor hired to cut the trees.
The State of Ohio continues to wage war on the Emerald Ash Borer – a tiny insect that’s caused the destruction of millions of Ash trees in the Great Lakes region. But a spokeswoman for the state agriculture department disputes a report that says eradication in the heavily infested Toledo area has been abandoned for lack of money.
State agrictulture officials worry that a tiny bug threatens the state’s one billion ash trees. Officials have found an infestation of the emerald ash borer in northeast Columbus.