- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Lawrence will spend nearly $240,000 to deal with beetles that are expected to kill the city’s ash trees over the next decade.

The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1pu29oC ) reports that the city commission unanimously approved the spending last week. The money will go toward treating, removing and replacing ash trees infected with emerald ash borers.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture confirmed in October that the insect, a small beetle that’s been spreading from Michigan since 2002, was present in Douglas County.

The female emerald ash borers are expected to emerge in April and lay their eggs onto ash trees through the summer months. The larvae feed under the bark, making S-shaped channels that stop the flow of nutrients.

Lawrence’s horticulture and forestry manager, Crystal Miles, calls the situation “catastrophic.”

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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