Ohio capital city fights tree-killing beetles

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s capital city is in a costly, multiyear battle against a tree-killing beetle.

Columbus is spending $10 million to remove most of an estimated 30,000 ash trees and replace them with other species. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/13VJdyR ) many of the ashes line streets in public rights of way.

The city forester says $1.5 million will be spent this year on removing trees, with two full-time city crews focused on chopping and chipping ash trees.

The city has removed some 8,600 so far.

The emerald ash borer has invaded trees across much of Ohio. The state Department of Agriculture tries to slow its spread by telling people not to take wood into uninfested areas.

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