Burlington Surveying Ash Trees For Destructive Borer


By Richard Pratt

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Forestry experts from the Iowa Department of Natural resources are helping Burlington officials establish a plan for dealing with a destructive beetle that's expected to kill the city's ash trees.

The city has 900 publicly owned ash trees in parks and along streets. The DNR estimates that in five to seven years the emerald ash borer will kill most of them.

The DNR sent 41 forestry staff members to Burlington Wednesday to assess tree health and help city staff determine trees needing removal, trees that may be treated, and those that can stay for now.

The beetle is in Allamakee County in northeast Iowa, in Burlington, and Fairfield.

Forestry experts advise Burlington residents to plant replacement trees now to give them a few years to grow before ash trees die.

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