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Combating the emerald ash borer

Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Company, has been selected by the city of Lake Saint Louis to perform a select number of ash tree removals and treatments throughout parks to help combat the emerald ash borer [EAB], an invasive insect that kills ash trees.

The project is part of ongoing efforts in Lake Saint Louis to better manage trees, minimize the effects of future storm damage, and assure the community has a healthy, sustainable urban forest.

Previously, an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist from the urban forestry consulting company inspected and mapped all ash trees located in Lake Saint Louis parks. This information was then used to develop a plan for dealing with EAB. The current ash removal and treatment project being implemented is the result of that plan.

Davey Resource Group was selected by the city after it received a $10,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation T.R.I.M. program. Lake Saint Louis must provide a match for a portion of the value of the project.

“Reducing the impact of EAB is the primary objective in implementing this plan,” said Jacob McMains, Davey’s urban forestry expert. “We are performing a number of ash removals and treatments based on information provided in Lake Saint Louis’ EAB plan to aid the city in the future management of their urban forest resources.”

Along with the removals and treatments occurring for the project, the city also will be provided with a website – www.lakestlouismo.mytreekeeper.com – designed to help provide the public with information on its urban forest.

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