Town to cut down hundreds of trees

March 13, 2009 8:56:28 AM PDT
St. Charles will soon be cutting down almost 500 trees because of the dreaded emerald ash borer. Most of the trees being removed are three to four inches in diameter. They will be replaced with two-inch diameter trees.

It will cost about $95,000 to replace the damaged trees. This week, $34 million in federal funds were designated for nationwide efforts to combat the spread of the emerald ash borer.

The beetle kills trees by burrowing into their barks and destroying their ability to get water to upper branches.

The ash borer was first spotted in Illinois in June of 2006 just west of St. Charles. Since then, the insect has been found in Kane, Kendall, DuPage, LaSalle, Will, Lake and Cook counties.