Ash trees removed from McHenry park

McHENRY – About 10 large trees infected with emerald ash borer recently were removed from Veterans Memorial Park, a deputy city administrator said.

The trees were the only remaining ash trees in the park, Deputy City Administrator Bill Hobson said.

Each tree was about 3 feet in diameter, and the area where the trees stood has been sodded and temporarily roped off, he said. The grass should take “fairly quickly” and the taping should be taken down within a couple of weeks.

Veterans Memorial Park is a popular site for tree plantings through the city’s Arbor Day program, Hobson said. Two trees were planted there this year.

“There are still a lot of trees in that park,” he said.

Emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle native to Asia, has been found in 18 states. They were discovered in Kane County in 2002 and since then have spread to all the collar counties, including McHenry County, according to the McHenry County Conservation District.

The beetles kill both stressed and healthy trees, sometimes so quickly that trees can die within two or three years after becoming infested, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.

– Emily K. Coleman