Tree removal, replacement will continue this spring

By on March 22, 2010

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Elburn as a Tree City USA for more than a decade, a recognition the village has earned, in part, by diligently maintaining its parkway trees.

This spring, the village is continuing a project started last year to remove 116 dead and dying trees on parkways in the village. In addition, a few replacement trees will be planted soon and the village will install more thereafter as it can afford them, Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said.

“It’s all driven by budget,” Nevenhoven said.

Trees that were removed first will be replaced first, and priority will be given to replacement trees that property owners helped the village pay for through the 50-50 program, Nevenhoven said.

The village in 2009 created a list of the trees that needed removal, most having been infected by the emerald ash borer and primarily located in the Blackberry Creek and Prairie Valley subdivisions.

A village-hired contractor last year removed the larger trees, and its Public Works Department began pulling out the smaller affected trees last fall. The department soon will start removing the remaining ones, Nevenhoven said.

Replacement trees include linden, locust, various maples and others.

The reason most of the trees that were diseased by the emerald ash borer were in the village’s newer subdivisions was because younger trees are more vulnerable to the insect, which bore into the trunks, Nevenhoven said.

Arbor Day celebration
will highlight its
achievement as a
Tree City USA
during its annual
Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday morning, April 24.
Village officials have not decided
on a location yet, but possibly will hold the event at Liberty Park
and plant a tree there.