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New Trees Taking Root Soon in Mokena

Trees taken down as part of the Village's Emerald Ash Borer solution will soon be replaced.

Trees destroyed by Emerald Ash Borer will soon be replaced, after the Village Board recently approved a contract with The Fields on Caton Farm, Inc. of Crest Hill to supply the replacement trees.

The trees will be planted as part of a professional reforestation plan developed by Graf Tree Care, Inc. of St. Charles. The plan stresses the selection of appropriate species for each parkway tree site based on location, soil conditions, diversification goals, and other factors.

The 25 species of trees being provided and planted by The Fields will generally be 2.5-inches in diameter or larger and range from 6 to 9 feet in height. They’ll be warrantied by The Fields for two years.

Planting is expected to begin late this month or in early May, weather permitting.

In May 2013, the board launched an aggressive program to proactively deal with the EAB, a highly destructive insect attacking ash trees throughout the community. The program involved the treatment or removal of almost 3,700 public/parkway ash trees over the next several years.

The board set aside $1.69 million to fund this multi-year program. Monies for the program are coming from cash reserves generated through operating efficiencies and rising sales tax receipts generated by local businesses. 

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