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Trees along Fuller lost to Emerald Ash Borer

West Michigan Tree Service will begin the removal of 31 Ash trees along Fuller, today. The street will be reduced to two lanes of traffic to accommodate the removals. The trees have succumbed to the  destructive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and pose a significant risk to persons and property. Luckily, fifteen of the Ash trees were treated for the invasive insect, and are healthy enough to remain. This treatment is part of a city-wide initiative to save more than 1,400 public trees from EAB. Next year, the City will begin looking into how to replace the fallen trees with suitable alternatives.

More information is available in the this article from MLive.com.

Lane closures to accommodate the removal of 31 ash trees in the parkway along a stretch of Fuller Avenue NE are scheduled to begin Monday, Dec. 10.

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One lane of the road in each direction between Michigan and Fulton streets will remain open as West Michigan Tree Service takes down the trees that have been killed or damaged by the emerald ash borer, city forester Tyler Stevenson said. The work could last through the week.

“The ones we’re removing are either dead or to the point where they need to be removed for safety reasons,” Stevenson said. “There’s no saving these.

“They were evaluated for treatment and it was decided they weren’t good candidates for it. They had too high of a level of infestations.”

The removal will down about half of the street trees along Fuller. Fifteen ash trees that have been treated for emerald ash borer are slated to remain, along with 18 young non-ash trees. Grand Rapids will convene public meetings next year to consider what tree species to replant, and how to pay for it.

Grand Rapids is treating about 1,400 trees around the city for emerald ash borer and has removed about 1,100 ash trees in each of the last two years, Stevenson said. A U.S. Forest Service grant paid for the planting of about 850 trees this fall, he said.

The ash tree removals on Fuller are scheduled to begin this morning, Stevenson said at about 8 a.m.

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