Preparing for ash borer across the river

The emerald ash borer. (Photo/Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

MASSENA, N.Y. – With the destructive Emerald Ash Borer already showing up in ash trees in Cornwall, officials across the river aren’t taking any chances.

Around 100 Massena High School students marked ash trees this week in the Robert Moses State Park Nature Center.

It’s meant to help people identify the ash trees and to keep an eye out for possible beetle destruction, such as thinning leaves, cracked or D shaped holes in the bark.

The Cornwall parks department has made the EAB it’s top priority this year.

It’s ten year plan is to actively treat city ash trees against in incoming infestation – a plan that will cost around $4.5 million over that time.

A 2015 budget report states the spread of the pest has been a lot faster than the city had originally predicted.

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