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Letter to the Editor-Emerald Ash Borer Update

April 4, 2014
Northern-Sun Print
Emerald Ash Borer Update Editor, The March 28th issue of the Northern Sun published an article on Page 2 headlined “Don’t give this beetle a ticket to ride.” The article states in part “…Emerald ash borer, which infests and kills ash trees, has been identified in eight counties in Iowa with the closest location to Marshalltown being Waterloo…” Ironically, Emerald Ash Borer was detected in Newton on March 20th, the same day an EAB seminar was held in Marshalltown. Public Works Director Mark Lowry, Union Grove State Park DNR Officer Roger Thompson, and Gladbrook Trees Forever committee members John and Pat Clausen attended the seminar. Tree experts from the DNR Forestry, Iowa State University Extension, and Dept. of Agriculture advised communities to begin removing declining ash trees damaged by storms, more than 10 declining ash trees on city property have been identified. By doing so, the expense of tree removal can be spread over a period of several years rather than incurring a budget busting expense. John Clausen, Chairman of Gladbrook Trees Forever
 
 

 

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