Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002. This larva feeds on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the ability to transport water and nutrients. Most trees remain relatively stable after they die, but ash trees lose moisture internally and begin to fall apart, relatively quickly. This creates a public nuisance and can cause a hazardous situation.
The City of Johnston has been in the process of removing all untreated ash trees from the City’s right-of-way. While we understand there are treatments for the trees, it is also expensive and it is not a guarantee of the tree’s survival. Trees and storm debris need to be removed, regardless of treatment. Johnston residents have been given the option of treating the trees on their property, and many have done this.
Tree removal will be taking place, beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020 (weather permitting) by XTreme Tree, Inc. A majority of the untreated tree removals will be in the right-of-way in the neighborhoods of Green Meadows and Green Meadows West.
For more information on the EAB, visit www.cityofjohnston.com/621/Emerald-Ash-Borer.