CHICAGO (CBS) — The city’s war against the tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer was kicked up quite a few notches on Wednesday.
WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports the city plans to spend $2 million this year – 18 times what it did last year – to inoculate 35,000 ash trees against the Emerald Ash Borer.
Over the last four years, the city has inoculated 18,000 ash trees to protect them against the invasive species of beetle.
“We’re going to try and save the trees. We’re going to try and save our canopy,” Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams said while crews were out in the Roscoe Village neighborhood on Wednesday. “Look at the shade that this is going to provide these residents along the street. Look at the beauty that this is providing this neighborhood.”