(Des Moines) The State Forester updated lawmakers today on the potential devastating economic impact of the Emerald Ash Borer on Iowan’s pocketbooks.
“In our communities, we roughly estimate, I think conservatively, that there are 3.1 million urban ash trees and just the removal cost of those will cost home owners in communities about 3 to 3.5 billion dollars,” said Paul Tauke, of the DNR.
Tauke says they’re recommending local officials consider replacing ash trees with Maple. The only problem is, he says, another invasive species that targets Maples has been spotted in Ohio.
Tauke says the state’s Emerald Ash Borer task force will meet this afternoon to decide whether to enlarge the quarantine for firewood and lumber in affected areas.
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