City plans to have 78 ash trees removed

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s Division of Environmental Services says seventy-eight dying ash trees, along two major roadways, will be removed by a city contractor this month.

Thirty-four of the trees were planted along Harrodsburg Road between Cave Hill Lane and Man O’ War Boulevard by the city’s Corridors Commission 20 years ago. The other 44 trees are located along Man O War Boulevard between Alumni Drive and Clays Mill Road. These trees were planted by the city when Man O War was first built.

The trees are victims of emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that feeds on and kills ash trees. They are being removed to prevent them from becoming a safety hazard. Tim Queary, the city’s urban forester, says the invasive beetle poses a threat to ash trees across the state.

Anyone with questions about the tree removal projects can contact the city by calling LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.  Those concerned about ash trees on their property can visit the University of Kentucky’s Emerald Ash Borer webpage, pest.ca.uky.edu/EXT/EAB/welcomeeab.html.

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