Weekly Feature

2016-08-11 / Front Page

Village continues to see success of ash borer inoculation


In light of other municipalities losing trees due to emerald ash borers, Mayor Allan Kasprzak wanted to squash any concerns residents might have about East Aurora’s ash trees. In short, they’re not going anywhere any time soon, and that’s because the village opted to have the trees inoculated.

“We were forewarned. All of us. We’ve had meetings, whether it was the county or village officials, I mean, word got out about the problem,” Kasprzak said of the ash borers. “We have a very strong tree board and we’ve been a Tree City USA member for 18 years, almost 20 years here, so for us to kind of [look the other way] would not look good for anyone.”

Village Administrator Bryan Gazda said the total cost to inoculate the trees — including equipment, manpower and the inoculation— hovered between $10,000 and $12,000. Gazda added that about 100 trees in the village were treated.

Kasprzak and Gazda both said the cost for the procedure likely pales in comparison to what it would have cost the village if it had had to cut down and remove infected ash trees.

“You’ve got to figure, every one of those trees you’ve got to take down, grind down the stumps, and the aspect of it is, too, is you just can’t chip it up,” Gazda said. “I want to say, I think, it has to be burned because just chipping it up is not going to get rid of the borers.”

Additionally, Kasprzak said that you also have to factor in the time to re-plant and grow ash trees to replace the ones that were removed.

“These aren’t flowers. They take a while for them to grow,” he said. “And if they’re not properly watered or anything else, the cost of purchasing the trees and making sure you have the man power to water them and maintain them and everything else might even be more than the cost of inoculating the tree.”

Kasprzak said the next round of inoculations, which are good for about three years, should take place next fall if there is still a need to inoculate the trees.

“There is a solution to the problem,” he said of the inoculation.

He also added that residents who are interested in inoculating ash trees on their private property can do so by contacting a tree service agency.

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