BARRINGTON APPROVES TREE INVENTORY
The Village Board has approved a contract with Natural Path Urban Forestry to conduct a tree inventory of all trees on village property. The comprehensive tree inventory will detail items such as tree location, tree species, and tree condition. Most of the funding for the tree inventory was by way of a grant the village received from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.
Part of the reason the village decided on having a tree inventory conducted is the recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer within the village limits. Emerald Ash Borer was identified as the cause of widespread Ash death in the Detroit, Michigan area in 2002 and has now made its way to the Chicago area.
The tree inventory will take place in June and July, after the trees have leafed out. This timing will allow the condition of the trees to be properly assessed. A review of the inventory will allow village officials to determine a course of action to take regarding Emerald Ash Borer. The village will consider the cost of treating Ash trees for Emerald Ash Borer versus the cost of removing Ash trees and replacing them with a different tree species.
Homeowners can contact a local tree service to have an arborist assess Ash trees on their property to detemine if Emerald Ash Borer treatments are appropriate. If the Ash tree has recently been infested the tree service can offer a number of options to control Emerald Ash Borer. The green metallic beetle usually requires two to four years to completely kill an Ash tree.