Grants, which require a 50 percent local match, will help EAB-affected communities remove hazardous ash trees, as well as help assist in the restoration of lost canopy cover. The funds are provided by the USDA Forest Service to aid in the recovery of urban forests.
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 three to five years. Due to the insect’s spread, many Ohio communities are now confronted with the costly expense of dead ash tree removal and replacement.
“These funds will help communities proactively implement their EAB management plans,” said Robert Boyles, chief of the Ohio Division of Forestry.
Healthy, safe and functional trees improve our cities and towns by enhancing clean air and water, increasing property values, reducing erosion and stormwater runoff, providing wildlife habitat, moderating temperatures and offering year-round enjoyment. For more information about the benefits of trees, urban tree care and Emerald Ash Borer initiatives, visit www.ohiodnr.com/forestry.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com.