Rutland prepares for removal of trees due to ash borers

August 7, 2018

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Rutland, Vermont, are preparing to remove all of the city’s ash trees in response to the arrival of the invasive emerald ash borer.

The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Monday to have the Public Works Committee meet with Public Works Commissioner Jeffrey Wennberg on the plan to remove all 355 ash trees in Rutland. The Rutland Herald reports Wennberg says he will discuss communication with the public with the committee.

The insect was first found in Vermont in February, and has quickly spread around the state. Wennberg says waiting for the trees to die from infestation would double removal costs, so the city will have to begin removal efforts quickly.

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