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Hudson: Infested ash trees being removed

10:51 PM, Aug 17, 2012   |    comments
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HUDSON -- Trees hit by emerald ash borer are being removed as a safety precaution. 

Drivers may experience delays over the next few weeks on busy streets in Hudson.

The city has hired tree removal crews to take down a public safety hazard -- infested ash trees.

City arborist Thomas Munn says "the last thing we want to have happen is to have a tree fall on a car, so we're addressing the roads with the highest traffic volume."

Most closures take place after morning rush hour and before afternoon rush hour. Delays are so crews can remove trees that are either dead or dying from ash borer infestation.

The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect first seen in the US in Michigan. It has spread from there to Wisconsin and Minnesota, all the way east to Conneticut. It lays eggs on the trees and the larvae burrow into the bark, killing the tree.

The City of Hudson has been taking down ash trees by the hundreds and another 950 trees are slated to be removed over the next few years.

If you are a homeowner and have questions about emerald ash borers or ash trees on your property, you can call the City of Hudson for direction.

If you would like to learn more about these destructive invaders, you can check out the website www.emeraldashborer.info.

WKYC-TV

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