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Waynesboro to Remove Dying Ash Trees Along Wayne Avenue

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Ash trees on Wayne Avenue will soon be removed Ash trees on Wayne Avenue will soon be removed
WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) -

The city of Waynesboro is getting ready to remove some of the ash trees along Wayne Avenue.

The trees are already in a state of decline and do not meet the criteria to be treated and saved. They are also threatened by the emerald ash borer, a type of invasive beetle that kills ash trees.

The city obtained a $6,000 grant from the Department of Forestry for the project.

Parks and Recreation crews expect work to get underway on Monday, October 8.


Press Release from Waynesboro City Parks and Recreation:

Waynesboro, VA October 1, 2018- The City of Waynesboro Department of Parks and Recreation’s horticulture staff strive to keep all trees located on the city’s right of ways in the best condition possible. The majority of ash trees located along Wayne Avenue are in a state of decline and contain numerous dead branches. This is a safety hazard since the trees are located along this busy road.

Due to the impending threat of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), which has decimated the population of ash trees in the northern U.S., grant funds have been set aside to proactively remove some ash trees which are susceptible to an infestation. The Department of Forestry recently distributed requests for proposals for projects to be completed with these grant funds.

The City of Waynesboro applied and has been awarded $6,000.00 to remove the declining ash trees along Wayne Avenue. The Department of Forestry also has a grant program to treat certain ash trees with an insecticide to prevent an infestation of EAB, which we have also been awarded funds. Prior to this grant opportunity, we already treated ash trees in Ridgeview Park and a few along streets. This grant will allow us to add more trees to the list to be treated as a preventative against EAB.

Due to the already impaired condition of the ash trees along Wayne Avenue, they do not meet the criteria to be treated. Instead it is recommended they be removed completely. Due to the number of ash trees that will be removed, it will be quite noticeable, and a drastic change in scenery along the street. The removal is scheduled to begin October 8, 2018.

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer, visit the Department of Forestry’s website at: http://www.dof.virginia.gov/health/insects/emeraldash/index.htm

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