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Rochester Parks & Recreation Asks for More Funding to Fight Emerald Ash Borer

September 25, 2017 11:20 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The pesky Emerald Ash Borer is still consuming trees in our area. 

Experts told the Rochester City Council Monday that number could double or even triple this year.

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Monday, Parks and Recreation and the city forester asked the city for $375,000 to manage EAB in 2018, that's around $230,000 thousand more than last year

"Without that funding, then we will have to stop providing the services that our Forestry Department normally provides,” Rochester City Forester Jeff Haberman said. “The tree-pruning [and] the tree planting, that funding is what's allowing us keep up with the tree mortality that Emerald Ash Borer is causing."

Haberman said there's a potential danger of those trees falling over if they aren't taken care of in a timely manner.


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