Plainfield may replace 290 parkway trees
BY MADHU MAYER Correspondent October 23, 2013 9:12PM
Updated: November 25, 2013 6:04AM
Plainfield plans to plant up to 290 parkway trees at a cost not to exceed $80,000 to replace ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer.
The trees will be purchased from the Suburban Tree Consortium, which has 37 municipal members and provides towns with parkway trees at a low price through contracts with several northern Illinois nurseries. The trees are scheduled to be planted by mid-November.
Native to Asia, the green beetle was discovered in the U.S. in 2002 in southeastern Michigan and has spread to several states. Public works director Allen Persons said the village has removed about 1,000 trees since 2011.
Scott Schirmer of the Illinois Department of Agriculture said that by the time an ash tree shows symptoms, the borer has been attacking the trunk and upper branches for two to three years. If not properly treated, the ash tree will die in five to seven years.
“It’s a slow death process,” Schirmer said.
Street Supt. Patrick Miller said his staff has contacted affected residents about the plan to replace the parkway trees.