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Ash borers hit Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A tree-killing beetle that has destroyed thousands of trees across the nation is now jeopardizing Bloomington’s foliage.

The emerald ash borer was discovered in October in a neighborhood on the city’s south side. Officials said the shiny green beetle poses a risk to about 900 trees along city streets and in public parks and others in the Griffy Nature Preserve and on the Indiana University campus

IU landscape architect Mia Williams told The Herald-Times (( that many of the trees could be treated with insecticide, but others might need to be removed.

About 7 percent of Bloomington’s trees are at risk, but it could be worse.

More than a third of Fort Wayne’s trees have been affected, and the city has spent $1.1 million to remove dead and dying trees.