- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Boulder County officials are soliciting public comment on a draft of a multi-year plan to manage the threat a beetle called the emerald ash borer poses to the health of ash trees on county-managed properties.

The Daily Times-Call of Longmont reports (https://bit.ly/1IMqI2X ) that the draft plan suggests preemptively removing most of the ash trees over the next eight years and replacing at least some of those trees with other species.

Trees removed from outside residences at various locations owned by the Department of Housing and Human Services and on high-use Parks and Open Space Department properties such as the Boulder County Fairgrounds would be replaced, but ash trees removed from other places would not.

Officials say the beetles have killed more than 50 million ash trees in more than 20 U.S. states since 2002.

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Information from: Daily Times-Call, https://timescall.com/

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