|Ash tree removal funds available for qualifying communities|
|Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:19 AM|
COLUMBUS – Federal grant funds are available to assist northern Ohio communities in removing hazardous ash trees along public rights-of-way, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“Grant funding totaling $300,000 will help northern Ohio communities address the damage caused by the non-native emerald ash borer as it continues to impact the region,” said Robert Boyles, state forester and chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “The loss of ash trees in northern Ohio is not only environmentally and economically damaging, but dead and dying trees pose a safety hazard to anyone living or traveling on ash tree-lined streets.”
Since the emerald ash borer was first discovered in northwest Ohio in 2003, millions of ash trees have been killed by this devastating invasive insect, which can claim the life of an otherwise healthy, mature tree in as little as one year. Due to the insect’s spread, many Ohio communities are now confronted with the costly expense of dead ash tree removal and replacement.
Communities in the following counties are eligible to apply: Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about best practices for dealing with emerald ash borer impacted trees, Ohio’s woodlands, forest health or tree care visit the Division of Forestry’s website at ohiodnr.gov/forestry.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.