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Waterloo Tree Inventory Helps as Ash Borer Arrives

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Waterloo officials say the difficult task of dealing with emerald ash borers will be made easier by a citywide tree inventory.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the City Council voted to begin the tree inventory in 2007 after experts warned that the ash-killing insect eventually would arrive in Waterloo.

Last week, Waterloo became the sixth Iowa location where the invasive insect has been found in Iowa.

City Forester Todd Derifield says the computerized inventory allows him to note the location of each of the 4,364 ash trees on public property in Waterloo and keep track of their health. The inventory doesn't track trees on private property.

State Forester Paul Tauke says other communities should establish their own inventories because all will eventually have to deal with the insects.

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