With the emerald ash borer having been spotted in Washington County, the Whitefish Bay Village Board learned last night it could fight an infestation by vaccinating its ash trees, which line village streets and shade its boulevards.
Ash trees make up 30 percent of the village's street trees.
The emerald ash borer has killed thousands of trees mostly in the Midwest since being discovered in Michigan in 2002, village forester and Department of Public Works superintendent Kevin Kaegi told the board.
Kaegi warned the village of the expense to vaccinate its trees. Treating a tree with a trunk 10 inches across would cost about $25, he said. The cost is about $2.50 per inch of trunk width, he said.
Whitefish Bay has roughly 3,500 ash trees in its boulevards, he said.
Cedarburg started a preventive treatment program last fall, Kaegi said. Milwaukee is starting a limited treatment program this spring, he said.
Kaegi will return to the board with a recommendation for village trees.
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