Carmel, IN (September 26, 2007)- Motorists who travel Hazel Dell Parkway will see new landscaping in a few weeks as the city continues its effort to replace potentially infected ash trees with other species. About 60 new disease-resistant trees will be planted along the parkway between 106th and 116th streets, funded with about $7,000 from Alcoa Foundation.
The emerald ash borer, a beetle that kills every ash tree it infests, was found initially in about a dozen ash trees around Hazel Dell Parkway and 96th Street in January 2006. Since then, the city has been working to replace all of the ash trees from 96th to 116th streets along the parkway with new species of trees.
Gary Yohler said the trees were important for his Tiffany Photography Studio, which is along that stretch of roadway. Two of the ash trees that were removed used to provide a shady area near the roadside that he could use as a site for his portraits. Yohler said he appreciates the city’s effort to replace the trees, but they won’t benefit his photographs much. The new trees will be about 2 inches in diameter.
The replacement trees will include common hackberry, redbud, bur oak, and swamp white oak- four species that are native to Indiana and prepared to tolerate conditions here, said Daren Mindham, an urban forester for the city. “They should be well equipped to handle any kind of disease or health problem common in this area,” Mindham said. “Having species diversity will slow down any future disease.”
More than 30 areas statewide have been affected by the bug, which was discovered feeding on ash trees in Detroit in 2002. It’s also been detected in Fishers and northern Marion County. There’s no guaranteed chemical treatment for the ash borer. The only way to detect their presence, aside from the telltale exit holes they make, is by removing the bark, a practice that kills the tree.
Last fall, Carmel spent more than $22,000 replacing about 200 ash trees along Hazel Dell between 96th and 106th streets. Of the trees removed, more than a third were infected with the bugs, Mindham said. This time, the funding will come from the Alcoa Foundation, which gave the state’s Department of Natural Resources $100,000 for urban forestry. Carmel is one of 13 communities in the state to receive the grant money.
“Carmel has a real commitment to urban forests, (and) the parkway is an important area,” said Pam Louks, the state’s urban forestry coordinator. “They have a lot of pollution there and they need trees there.”
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