The Village is in year two of a five year Ash Parkway Tree Replacement Program. Hainesville and the surrounding area are infested with the Emerald Ash Borer and we are within the quarantine zone.
For several years the Village budgeted to have all municipal Ash trees treated. Once this proved not to prevent infestation and only to slow down infestation the village opted not to spend funds on this futile effort. Last year the Village qualified for a $10,000 grant plus professional assistance of a certified arborist. A five year plan was developed that will result in the removal of all municipal Ash Parkway Trees and replacement with a diversification of recommended parkway trees.
Last year we removed 40 trees and this year 60 will be removed. The following three years will have 60 removed each year. The selection of removal is being done by a two tier system. 1) Trees that show signs of weakening due to infestation and 2) location – as we are making a strong effort to not wipe out any one street or area of parkway trees at the same time resulting in a bare desolate look. All residents having trees removed this year were sent a letter from the Village.
The trees that were removed last year recently had new trees planted and you can identify them by the gator bags that are at the base of the tree for watering purposes. This year’s tree removal has already started. Upon completion of this year’s tree removal the stumps will then be ground down and the trees will be replaced this fall. Only unforeseen weather conditions would delay the planting till next spring. Please note that any Ash trees that you have planted elsewhere on your property are your responsibility and will not be removed or replaced by the Village.