Emerald Ash Borer http://northernpublicradio.org en Rockford Ramps Up Ash Tree Removal http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-ramps-ash-tree-removal <p>Beginning the week of June 9, &nbsp;Rockford's Public Works Forestry Division will begin an aggressive removal program of city owned ash trees; targeting trees with 50% or more of their leaf canopy showing signs of distress. According to a news release, the program is a response to the Emerald Ash Borer.</p><p>The Forestry Division treated approximately 10% of the city owned ash tree population, the remaining 7,000 ash trees will eventually all be removed.</p><p>In the short term, the areas most affected that will be targeted for removals this summer are:</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:55:41 +0000 WNIJ 48538 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Ramps Up Ash Tree Removal Emerald Ash Borer Discovered In Whiteside County http://northernpublicradio.org/post/emerald-ash-borer-discovered-whiteside-county <p></p><p>The <a href="http://stopthebeetle.info/" target="_blank">destructive emerald ash borer</a> has been discovered for the first time in Whiteside County. It's the closest find to date in Illinois to the Iowa border.</p><p>The Illinois Department of Agriculture received confirmation that a beetle collected on the county fairgrounds in Morrison is an emerald ash borer (EAB).&nbsp; An alert forestry technician with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources spotted a distressed ash tree on the property.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:13:33 +0000 WNIJ 33409 at http://northernpublicradio.org Emerald Ash Borer Discovered In Whiteside County Residential Fight Against Emerald Ash Borer http://northernpublicradio.org/post/residential-fight-against-emerald-ash-borer <p></p><p>The Emerald Ash Borer continues to spread in northern Illinois. Experts say it’s inevitable the tree-killing insect will reach new territory. They urge communities in its path to take steps to reduce the impact. But it’s not just a problem for local officials. Residents have also joined the fight. Fri, 10 May 2013 10:10:44 +0000 Mike Moen 29599 at http://northernpublicradio.org Residential Fight Against Emerald Ash Borer