Ash Borers Overtake Local Park

The Emerald Ash Borer is an annual problem in the Wabash Valley, but it's effects are being felt earlier than usual.

Posted: Feb 26, 2019 6:47 PM

BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - It's something people were wondering about, but they didn't expect to see it so soon.

"We knew it was coming, but there's really no way to stop it, so you just kinda gotta pick up the pieces after they leave."

Marv Moon is the Parks & Recreation Superintendent for Forest Park in Brazil.

He says as soon as he saw multiple ash trees starting to die in the park, he knew it was the Emerald Ash Borer.

"We looked for different avenues to try and slow it down, and once we knew that wasn't going to work, we just put a plan into motion to be able to get the trees out of here once they died off."

But looking back, Moon says there's not much more they could have done to save the trees.

"I think if they could have got stepped out in front of it a little more quickly then maybe it would have helped, but I mean once they took hold, it's such an invasive species that there wasn't a whole lot they could do about it."

Moon says they are looking forward to the future, they want to make the park better than it was.

"We would like to, within the next year replace most of the ones we've taken down now. We plan on doing that in partnership with DNR and through private donations."

So for now, you may see some leftovers from trees cut down, but just know they will be replaced, and the park will come back stronger than ever.

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