Bay County to spend $150,000 to treat ash trees - WNEM TV 5

Bay County to spend $150,000 to treat ash trees

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - Bay County says it will spend $150,000 this year to treat 800 ash trees with an insecticide to prevent damage from emerald ash borers.

Ash borers disrupt a tree's vascular system, preventing water and nutrients from getting to the branches. The Bay City Times says ash borers are a statewide problem but were only discovered in Bay County in 2007.

The trees that will be treated are on public streets and at parks and schools. The program began last year and is aimed at saving 2,600 trees.

Alicia Wallace, who oversees the program, says it's important to keep an eye on ash trees on public land because a weak tree can fall and hurt someone.

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