Monday, April 23, 2018

Emerald Ash Borer Invades Trees at Mark Twain Park

A reader writes:
Not sure if you've covered this, but I don't recall seeing it.

All the Ash trees in Mark Twain Park are dead. The Emerald Ash Borer finally got them and over the winter they all succumbed. I first noticed the lines of holes last year and then some splitting bark on some of the trees. They're all completely dead now. I haven't counted but there must be a dozen 30-40 year old trees. Pretty sad really. The park will look pretty barren without them.

The city will need to cut them down soon as some branches are already getting brittle and will start coming down during high winds. Could be seriously dangerous for people walking and playing.

We did write about Emerald Ash Borer laying claim to some trees in Dearborn Park last year, but this is the first time we're hearing about Mark Twain Park.

Regardless, definitely sad to see.

(Hat tip: AVS!)

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