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MCC to remove ash trees hit by emerald ash borer

CRYSTAL LAKE – Most area neighborhoods have been affected by the emerald ash borer, and McHenry County College is no exception.

MCC is set to cut down 18 ash trees that have been infected by the beetle. In addition, four pine trees will be removed because they are at the end of their life and have been adversely affected by last year’s drought.

The beetle first appeared near Detroit in 2002 and has since killed millions of ash trees in the Midwest and spread unchecked by any natural predators, Kim Hankins, director of MCC’s Sustainability Center, said in a news release. There is no effective treatment other than to cut the trees down and dispose of them properly.

Matt Tures Sons Nursery in Alden has donated five trees and 48 shrubs in various sizes to replace the ash trees, Hankins said. Many of the donated trees and shrubs will be part of MCC’s Tree Walk, where they will be labeled with the plant species name.

For more information about MCC’s Sustainability Center, call 815-479-7765.

– Northwest Herald

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