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City plants trees to offset doomed ash trees

May 2, 2019

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington, Vermont, is planting a variety of young trees to offset expected damage from an ash-tree killing pest.

The Burlington Free Press reports that the emerald ash borer has already been detected in Colchester, Milton and South Hero and foresters estimate 150 million ash trees around the state are at risk.

Last weekend, City Arborist V.J. Comai, other professionals, and volunteers planted about 60 trees among dominant stands of ash.

Comai estimates that it would cost about $1.1 million to remove and replace the city’s 1,249 ash trees.

The beetle has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com