Plymouth Crews Combat Emerald Ash Borer, Remove Trees
Plymouth city crews are removing trees infected by the emerald ash borer (EAB) insect near Pomerleau Lake this week.
City forester Paul Buck says they are going into wooded areas and preemptively cutting down trees.
“With the hope that we can stay ahead of the insect,” said Buck. “If we don’t stay ahead, when these trees die they are going to fall on the road.”
Plymouth confirmed its first case of EAB in 2015. Since then, the city has cut down or treated 1,700 ash trees on city land.
If Plymouth residents have ash trees on their property, Buck urges them to check for signs of an infestation now. Once the trees fill in with leaves, it’s harder to identify the problem.