Infested Ash Trees Almost Completely Gone from Oak Forest
The Ash tree population in Oak Forest is down to a mere 100 trees—and Oak Forest Public Works expects to have those removed by spring. But what next?
Where have all the ash trees gone? They've nearly all been removed from Oak Forest city limits, in an effort to offset the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer.
The Oak Forest Public Works Department is down to 100 trees due for removal, and they hope to finish by April 1, City Administration Troy Ishler said during a Feb. 12 city council meeting. The remaining trees are mostly in the Bramblewood and Westview subdivisions.
City officials hope to replace ash trees that have been removed within a year. However, the replacement will depend on available funding. The city is currently pursuing grant opportunities to fund the replacement. A recent donation of $25,000 could help the city with its replanting wishlist.
In early 2012, the Oak Forest Public Works Department began marking ash trees infested with Emerald Ash Borer, a metallic green beetle that kills the trees, in the city's parkways. The trees were marked with pink dots and are scheduled to be removed in the next year. The city is removing dead and dying ash trees from the parkways in order to manage its urban forest. If your tree is marked with a pink dot, please remove any plantings, edging or landscape blocks that surround the tree.
Residents seeking to replant are asked to contact Public Works for information on what types of trees to plant, and where.