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Insect Infestation leads to new trees being planted

New trees will be planted after an infestation from the emerald ash borer insect.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 6:08 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- Sixty-seven damaged trees along Erie Street in Lafayette have been removed after an insect infestation.

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According to Indiana Parks Alliance, almost 150 million ash trees in Indiana are in danger from these insects.

The emerald ash borer killed the original trees and now the city of Lafayette will replant the new ones. Red flags and spray paint marks indicate where the old trees were removed and where the new trees will go.

Tree Lafayette and Tipmont REMC have partnered together to donate 51 new trees and will begin planting them in early May.

Lafayette Urban Forester, Tim Detzner, said all of the trees were infested.

"These trees were not in good shape anymore. To leave them would just lead to some potentially hazardous situations as the trees started to fall apart," Detzner said. "It's a good thing to get them out of the way and it's a good thing to bring in these new trees."

The new trees will include oak, elm, yellowwood, ginkgo and others. 

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