Monday, April 15, 2013
The 50/50 Parkway Tree Planting Program will offset some of the costs for Oak Forest residents who want to replace trees removed because of emerald ash borer infestation.
As a way to help undo some of the damage caused by the emerald ash borer, the City of Oak Forest has set up an initiative that will let homeowners offset some of the costs of planting new trees in the parkways in front of their homes. READ: What's That Pink Dot? City Marks Trees Infested with Emerald Ash Borer for Removal The new 50/50 Parkway Tree Planting Program works like this, according to a city press release: An infestation of emerald ash borers is marked by the metallic-green beetles eating their way under the bark of ash trees, permanently damaging the trees. The beetle, which only attacks ash trees, was first sighted in Oak Forest in December 2009. In that time, the Oak Forest Public Works Department has been responsible for …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Oak Forest Public Works Director Troy Ishler announced that the city removed the final infested Ash tree from city parkways on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The city removed more than 1,800 trees over a two-plus year span.
After more than two years of chopping, cutting and sawing, the Oak Forest Public Works department finished removing every infested Ash tree from Oak Forest parkways Tuesday morning, Feb. 26. In total, the city removed 1,849 trees from city parkways over the two-plus year span, with 500 trees removed by a contractor, said Public Works Director Troy Ishler. “I'd like to personally thank the public works department for the outstanding job they've done on this,” Ishler said. “They've gone above and beyond what they normally do to handle such a huge project and they've done very well.” During the Oak Forest city council meeting, Ishler announced that since all the trees were removed, the next phase of the project—stumping and reforestation—was …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The City of Oak Forest will being uprooting ash trees infested with emerald ash borer beginning Monday, Aug. 20.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 20, the City of Oak Forest will begin removing ash trees infested with emerald ash borer on Ridgeland Avenue between Victoria Drive and 151st Street. Homer Tree Service will start cutting trees down at Victoria Drive and work north toward 151st Street. Portions of Ridgeland Avenue will be temporarily closed for short periods due to debris removal and necessary cleanup. The work is anticipated to be completed by week’s end, but may be extended, depending on weather conditions. For further information, please contact the Oak Forest Public Works Department at 708-535-4090. Emerald Ash Borer infestations are not restricted to ash trees on city parkways, according to the city. The city bid the contracted tree removal …
Saturday, July 7, 2012
The emerald ash borer still represents a problem for ash trees.
Those residents with private ash trees they want cut down now have the option of a tree removal service selected by the City of Oak Forest. Pricing from Homer Tree Care, Inc. has been secured for cutting down the trees that are or can be affected by the emerald ash borer, a beetle that kills ash trees. “Several residents have asked us about pricing for cutting trees down on their properties,” said City Administrator Troy Ishler. “We believe the prices we secured for residents are good, but, a resident may find better pricing elsewhere. This just gives them a place to start.” According to the city: Residents must contact Homer Tree Care directly at 815-838-0320. Depending on the diameter of the tree and necessary equipment, prices range …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Heather Green, a forester and arborist in Oak Lawn, predicts all of the green ash and white ash trees in the metro-Chicago area will be wiped out by the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.
Get ready for Ash-tree-mageddon. If it hasn’t already struck on your block or in your neighborhood, it will soon. And it will be like Armageddon. Take it from Village of Oak Lawn forester and arborist Heather Green. She predicts all of your green ash and white ash trees will die as a result of the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer. The metallic green beetle is no larger than a penny but packs a wallop the size of a Red Army. In the case of the Emerald Ash Borer, Green’s findings are like those of experts elsewhere around the Midwest: Tiny beetle larvae deposited under tree bark feed on tree veins and prevent a supply of nutrients and water from being delivered to vital organs, thus leading to tree demise. So, how should you prepare for the…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Oak Forest will begin to replace its 1,800 infected ash trees in the fall, thanks to a $20,000 reforestation grant.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Emerald Ash Borer? What Emerald Ash Borer? Come next spring, the addition of $20,000 worth of trees will beautify Oak Forest into "a new suburb" in some areas, said Public Works Assistant Director Rich Rinchich. The department will use a reforestation grant to help replace some of the roughly 1,800 ash trees pulled from public parkways due to infestation by the metallic green beetle. The ash trees account for roughly 24 percent of the city's urban forest in parkways. READ: What's That Pink Dot? City Marks Trees Infested With Emerald Ash Borer for Removal "We're hoping we can stretch this grant, and get up to possibly 200 trees replanted," Rinchich said. The species of tree will be determined according to location, based on the trees' …