On Wednesday, I witnessed the loss of trees in town commons. The loss, however, had already occurred. The trees that were removed had already passed away.
The area was very busy. A crew from the town's highway department was there to remove some of the dead and dying ash trees that were close to the road.
This is a scene that could soon be repeated across Grand Island.
Between 30 and 60 percent of Grand Island's trees are ash trees.
According to Mark Whitmore, an entomologist from the department of natural resources, which is a part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University,
This is how the emerald ash borer kills ash trees:in its larval state, the insect destroys ash trees from the inside.
After the adult lays its eggs on the tree,
Dead and dying trees must be removed quickly.Mark Whitmore said that the dead and dying trees pose an imminent threat to the community’s infrastructure.
“We need to protect ourselves and our infrastructure,” he said.The bark of a dead ash tree is brittle and branches could break off or the entire tree could fall.
The trees could fall on houses, cars, pedestrians, and power lines.
|branches go into the wood chipper,|
and the chips can be used for