Poland officials discuss trees killed by ash borer

Poland Municipal Forest

POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Poland Village Council has a decision to make on what to do with some damaged trees in the Poland Municipal Forest.

Nearly 1,000 trees have been affected with the Ash Borer. The insect is no longer infecting the trees, but has left plenty of damage behind.

The Amish would remove the dead trees and give the village money for the wood. But some want nature to run its course.

“The trees are an integral part of the forest. They provide habitat for a lot of wildlife when they die and fall to the forest floor. They provide nutrients for regeneration. They are just as much part of the forest as the living trees and if they are removed, you are removing a part of the forest,” Dr. Lauren Schroeder said.

Council will meet again on Aug. 18 to possibly make a decision. They may just cut down the high areas of the trees and leave the rest in the forest.

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