With the arrival of emerald ash borer, Plymouth city works to contain the infected area

Above: Paul Buck, Plymouth’s forester, uncovers bark from an infested tree that was found last year on East Medicine Lake Boulevard, 10 miles from the next infected tree. (Submitted photo)

Above: Paul Buck, Plymouth’s forester, uncovers bark from an infested tree that was found last year on East Medicine Lake Boulevard, 10 miles from the next infected tree. (Submitted photo)

The infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) has crept its way into Plymouth last fall, bringing the total number in the city up to six. City and park officials are taking action as they make efforts to either save the existing ash trees or replace them with other varieties of trees.

Last fall, two EAB infested trees were detected on the east side of Medicine Lake and have since been removed. This spring, four more have been detected – all within 100 feet of each other, according to City Forester Paul Buck.

The city began taking preventative measures in 2012, by culling 300 of the smaller and worst looking ash trees in the parks and replanting with 16 varieties of new trees, Buck explained.

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