One of the largest trees in Baltimore is coming down. This large green ash tree has been a fixture in Johnson Park for years. Unfortunately, this landmark is now infested with the emerald ash borer. This invasive pest from Asia was introduced to the U.S. by accident more than 10 years ago. It has spread rapidly across Ohio, killing all native ashes in its path. Millions of trees have perished in Ohio and nearby states, and Fairfield County is now widely infested. The Village of Baltimore, working with its Tree Commission, adopted an EAB Management Plan in 2011. It subsequently received a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to start removing ash trees on village property. That process continues. Due to its considerable dieback in 2012, this tree will become dangerous soon. Its location near the playground means it must be removed before the tree’s condition deteriorates further. A replacement will be planted, but it will be many years before it replaces the broad canopy provided by the landmark ash. Courtesy photo.
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