Contractors for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government are expected to begin a program this spring to treat some of Fayette County’s significant ash trees for the Emerald Ash Borer.
The city received a grant from the Kentucky Division of Forestry to treat some of the blue ash and white ash trees in the city parks with insecticide to get rid of the small exotic pest, according to a press release. Part of the money is also for public education.
The Emerald Ash Borer has been responsible for the death and decline of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada and threatens a significant number of trees in Lexington and Fayette County.
To prevent the spread of the pest, Fayette and other counties are under a quarantine that prohibits the transportation of firewood, nursery stock and other ash wood products that can spread the insect infestation.
The grant from the forestry division continues the treatment that started about two years ago to save ash trees in the parks.