- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) - The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation has expedited the removal of ash trees as part of the restoration of the Third Winchester battlefield.

The foundation says the move was prompted by the damage being done by an emerald ash borer infestation. Dan Reinhart, the foundation’s resource management specialist, says there’s concern that the invasive insect could spread and become a safety risk to battlefield visitors.

The foundation will use salvageable wood to build additional fencing as well as sell some lumber from the downed trees to help offset the costs of the project.

Work will begin in January and is expected to be completed within three months.

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