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posted: 3/29/2013 12:56 PM

Mount Prospect offers property owners seminar on Emerald Ash Borer

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Submitted by village of Mount Prospect

From 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, arborists from Mount Prospect's Public Works Department Forestry/Grounds division will host a seminar for property owners at the Public Works Emergency Operations Center, 1720 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect. Staff will discuss some of the many options now available for those who want to treat ash trees with insecticides in an attempt to prevent infestation by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Additionally, they will provide information on hiring tree care contractors, as well as planting replacement trees for removed ashes.

"EAB finds in Mount Prospect have been increasing exponentially over the past couple of years", said Forestry/Grounds Superintendent Sandy Clark. "EAB has already killed millions of ash trees in the United States and is now widespread throughout much of Illinois. For several years the village has been urging owners of ash trees to either budget for removal/replacement of their ash trees within the next few years, or begin treating routinely with an approved insecticide."

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Though staff will not recommend any particular products or vendors, at the seminar they will review some of the important factors that property owners should consider when deciding whether and how to treat their ash trees. They will also provide advice on finding qualified tree care contractors, and selecting appropriate replacement species for ashes that do succumb to the insect.

All Mount Prospect property owners are invited to attend the seminar. Those who cannot attend are invited to check the village website, www.mountprospect.org, for important information about EAB, including insecticide options.

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