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Officials Give Update On Emerald Ash Borer Fight

Posted at: 08/29/2013 10:45 PM
Updated at: 08/29/2013 10:50 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

The city of Superior is taking action to fight an invasive beetle, and officials gave an update Thursday on what's being done.

During the Urban Tree Board meeting, members were briefed on the efforts to fight the Emerald Ash Borer. The pest was first spotted in Superior earlier this month.

Since, city officials have been taking down trees. They're still brainstorming an exact plan of action, but for now they're doing what they can.

The bugs can destroy Superior's 3,000 ash trees in just one to four years.

"We're taking down tress that we believe or know to be in trouble," Park And Recreation Administrator Mary Morgan said. "We will try to talk with homeowners and leave a door hanger. We know they will be sad. We're just trying to keep people safe so we don't have a bunch of hazard trees on the street in years one, two or three."

Morgan hoped to collect more information in the coming weeks and have a plan prepared by October.