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Pilot Project Makes Yard Trees Available for Bethel Area Home Owners Impacted by the

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    A pilot project will make available a limited number of landscape trees to property owners who had trees removed from their lawns as part of eradication efforts to keep the ALB from spreading across the state.


    BATAVIA, OH – A pilot project will make available a limited number of landscape trees to Clermont County property owners who had trees removed from their lawns as part of eradication efforts to keep the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) from spreading across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).ALB was initially discovered in Tate Township in Clermont County in June 2011. The invasive beetle has no known natural predator, and, it poses a serious threat to Ohio’s 7,768,821 acres of hardwood forests as well as the state’s $5 billion nursery industry which employs nearly 240,000 people.

    “If the Asian longhorned beetle escapes from the Bethel area and spreads across Ohio then 1000-fold the current number of landowners will be impacted and tens of thousands of jobs could be lost in the nursery and wood industries,” said Robert Boyles, state forester and chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “This pilot project is meant to show appreciation for the cooperation being provided from the Bethel community in this eradication effort which is critical to the continued health of hardwood trees throughout the state.”

    The pilot tree replacement project is jointly implemented by ODNR and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. It would allow affected landowners to obtain up to 10 landscape trees with an average height of five-feet. Information on how to apply can be found at ohiodnr.com/forestry or by calling 513-932-6836. ODNR foresters encourage landowners to submit their applications by Sept. 26.

    In addition, landowners with woodlots impacted by the eradication efforts may request to have a forester provide them with technical advice on their woods and about how best to obtain federal, land improvement funds. USDA NRCS funds are available to treat weed species and noxious plants growing in a woods’ understory.

    An informational meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Grant Career Center cafeteria, located at 718 West Plane St., Bethel. ODNR Division of Forestry staff will provide details about the program and the replacement trees being offered.

    To date, the exotic pest has infested more than 8,879 Bethel area trees affecting 314 properties.

    More information on the tree killing pest and the pilot tree replacement project is available at www.ohiodnr.com/forestry. Additional information about the pest can be found at http://www.agri.ohio.gov/TopNews/asianbeetle/

    ODNR’s Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, forest health and tree care, visit www.ohiodnr.com/forestry.


    For more information, contact:
    Wendi Van Buren, ODNR Division of Forestry
    614-670-2653
    *Bethany McCorkle, ODNR Office of Communications
    614-265-6860


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