Stow removes ash-borer infested trees in eastern neighborhood

by Jeremy Nobile | Reporter Published:

Stow -- Residents living near the Stow-Kent border may notice the removal of several trees around the Crown Pointe Drive.

The city's Urban Forestry Department began removing more ash trees infested with emerald ash borer Jan. 29 and their removal was expected to continue Jan. 30.

According to a press release from the city's Public Service Department, 49 ash trees located between the curb and sidewalk on Crown Pointe Drive between the 2900 and 3200 blocks are infested with the insects and are being removed.

The trees will be replaced with a different species this spring, according to the press release, which will be purchased with funds remaining from the city's 2012 Ash Removal and Canopy Restoration grant awarded to Stow by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Last year, 79 ash-borer infested trees on Peterboro Drive were removed and replaced with 83 non-ash trees that were paid for by the same grant.

Crown Pointe Drive is located off Graham Road near the eastern Stow border abutting Kent. Peterboro Drive, which is located north of Young Drive, is directly north of Crown Pointe Drive.

Emerald ash borer is an invasive species of beetle native to Eastern Russia, Northern China, Japan, and Korea that has killed millions of ash trees in North Amercia, according to information from the United States Department of Agricultures's National Invasive Species Information Center. Trees lose 30 percent to 50 percent of their canopy after being infested by the pest for two years and typically die within three to four years.

Email: jnobile@recordpub.com

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