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North Aurora to remove infested ash trees

NORTH AURORA – More than 100 infested parkway ash trees soon will be removed in North Aurora.

North Aurora village trustees Monday approved a $27,000 contract with Fox Valley Tree Care to remove 142 trees from parkways throughout the village. Many of the trees are in the Willow Lakes subdivision, as well as the Timber Oaks and the Highlands subdivisions.

Other trees are in such subdivisions as Fox Valley Country Club Estates and Pinecreek, and on streets such as Spruce Street, Wingfoot Drive and Princeton Court.

“They are in bad shape,” Public Works Superintendent Mike Glock said. “They need to come down.”

The emerald ash borer is a destructive, nonnative pest that feasts on ash trees. The first case in Illinois was found in June 2008 within The Windings subdivision in Campton Township.

The infestation happens when emerald ash larvae bores through the bark and into the area where nutrient levels are high. As a result, the tree no longer is able to transport water and nutrients to where they is needed.

About 12.7 million ash trees in the seven-county Chicago region are – or will be – affected by the insects, according to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Glock said the village has had to remove about 500 infested ash trees in the past five years.

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