Biting into budgets
The cost of battling emerald ash borers that are wiping out ash trees across the region is adding up.
Municipalities are spending thousands of dollars to remove and replace trees ravaged by the metallic-green beetle. They’re saving trees they can and preventing hazardous conditions around the ones that are the most severely damaged.
“They have no choice but to spend the money on it because otherwise it becomes a huge liability,” said Julieann Heminghous, emerald ash borer outreach coordinator for the state.
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