CHICAGO (CBS) — On this Arbor Day, a new study commissioned by the Morton Arboretum showed Chicago area residents are worried about the health of the region’s trees.
“It’s something they should be concerned about, because we’re losing about 13 million ash trees across the region,” said Lydia Scott, director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative at the Morton Arboretum.
The emerald ash borer has done a lot of damage in the Chicago area. Approximately 13 million trees have been removed due to infestations of the notorious beetle.
“Because ash is a popular tree that’s planted across the region, and because we have so many of them, it’s becoming very apparent to people that there are problems with the trees in the region,” Scott said.