JUNE 7, 2011
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The first Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation in Cleveland
Metroparks was noted in 2008 along Big Creek Parkway in Big Creek
Reservation. This pest, native to Asia, likely first arrived in the
United States in shipping pallets from China.
After ash trees are infested with the borer, the trees typically
die in five or six years. Cleveland Metroparks Forestry and Natural
Resources staffs have recommended cutting and removing trees in
certain high-use areas to insure visitor safety.
Van Curen Tree Services of Newbury, Ohio is assisting the Park
District in removing about 433 ash trees in a combined area of
about 20 acres.
As part of the identification process, the trees to be removed
are being marked with orange and white paint. The removal
process will start in June and continue through the end of
Four areas targeted this summer are:
- Big Creek Reservation - On the east and west side of the
parkway and all purpose trail, south of Snow Road Picnic Area to
- Mill Stream Run Reservation - Along Eastland Road, between the
railroad trestle and the river ford.
- Rocky River Reservation - On the hillside behind the
- Rocky River Reservation - Along Valley Parkway, south of the
I-480 bridge to Brookway Lane .
This effort supports the conservation mission of
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