Davey Helps Protect Illinois Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer, Reported in The Chicago Tribune

 

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The notorious emerald ash borer.

There are 199 ash trees that are important to Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Why?

They provide $8,557 in increased property value each year. And they provide $21,691 of benefits annually in terms of stormwater management, decreased energy demands and improved air quality.

So protecting them from the devastating emerald ash borer (EAB) is crucial – not only to the town but to the people living in it.

The Chicago Tribune recently reported The Davey Tree Expert Company's involvement in the Legacy Tree Project, a partnership with Valent Professional Products to protect ash trees and raise public awareness about EAB.

Homeowners eager to preserve their valuable ash trees are encouraged to seek professional tree assessments and treatment. For more information, read the story below or see it in The Chicago Tribune.

 

Glen Ellyn Ash Trees Receive 2nd Year of Treatment
in Project to Protect Against Emerald Ash Borer

By Kristen Schrader, The Chicago Tribune

Glen Ellyn, IL – The Village of Glen Ellyn Public Works Department is proud to announce participation in the Legacy Tree Project, a partnership with Valent Professional Products. The project is designed to protect select parkway ash trees, raise public awareness about the emerald ash borer (EAB) and motivate homeowners to take action before their ash trees are infested or killed by EAB.

Glen Ellyn was one of only 12 communities in the U.S. selected to participate in the Legacy Tree Project. The Legacy Tree Project is fully funded by Valent for five consecutive years at no cost to taxpayers. This partnership will provide an estimated $30,000 in treatment savings to the Village.

EAB is an invasive insect pest that is almost 100 percent lethal to native ash trees. It has already killed millions of ash trees in its march across the Midwest. Glen Ellyn has approximately 1,600 parkway ash trees, of which 199 are enrolled in the Legacy Tree Project.

Valent has contracted with The Davey Tree Expert Company to administer the ash treatments. The insecticide Safari®, a product registered for EAB control by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be administered to trees via soil injection. Underground treatment methods eliminate human and pet contact with insecticides. Residents adjacent to parkway ash trees that are scheduled for this treatment have received a letter prior to treatment.

Conservation of Glen Ellyn’s ash canopy pays the community back in many ways. The 199 ash trees enrolled in the Legacy Tree Project provide:

• $8,557 in increased property value each year; and
• $21,691 of benefits each year in terms of stormwater management, decreased energy demands and improved air quality.

EAB infestations are rapidly increasing in the Village of Glen Ellyn. Residents wishing to preserve their ash trees are encouraged to seek professional assessment of tree health and suitability for treatment – the time to act is now. For more information, please contact Peggy Drescher, Village Forester at 630-547-5505. Online resources can also be found at: www.legacytreeproject.com, www.illinoiseab.com, www.glenellyn.org, www.davey.com/EAB and www.valentpro.com.

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