On the Radio: Emerald Ash Borer

Photo by USDAgov; Flickr

This week’s On the Radio segment covers the emerald ash borer, and the predictions for Iowa’s ash trees. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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Cedar Rapids increases funding for new trees

Emerald ash borer. Photo by USDAgov, Flickr.

Cedar Rapids will double their spending on new trees for this upcoming fiscal year. However, the city will still likely remove more trees than they plant during that time.

During 2011, the city removed 1,200 trees while adding about 500.

Part of the issue is that 30 percent of Cedar Rapids’ trees are ash trees. Many of these ash trees are being removed every year in preparation for the expected arrival of the emerald ash borer – a beetle that has killed millions of ash trees around the nation.

Read more about Cedar Rapids’ trees here.