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The Ann Arbor News reports that the City may place a special millage on the November ballot to raise money to pay for the removal and replacement of 9000 city ash trees. The city has already spent about $1 million to remove 1800 trees and replace 1000 of them.
Ann Arbor’s expense in dealing with the emerald ash borer is greater than that of other cities because of the number of publicly maintained trees. For example, the city of East Lansing hasn’t seen the Asian beetle yet. But Dave Smith, that city’s environmental specialist, said it’s just a matter of time. He estimates it will cost East Lansing $500,000 to take down and replace its 837 street trees.
The Detroit News, meanwhile, reports of the spread of the ash borer, with three times as many counties now quarantined for the beetle as two years ago, despite a $35 million state containment program.
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