Vincennes works to save century-old ash trees from beetle

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Indiana’s oldest city is working to save several large ash trees from a devastating beetle.

The Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society is working with the city’s Tree Board to save five trees, each of which is at least 12 feet in diameter.

Society member Dennis Latta tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial that the trees have historical significance and likely were present when George Rogers Clark captured Fort Sackville.

The city last year approved spending $30,000 to cut down most of its ash trees to protect against the emerald ash borer that has struck more than two-thirds of Indiana’s counties.

The five trees targeted for saving are named for people buried nearby. The largest is nearly 16 feet around.

Latta says saving the trees will cost about $2,000 annually.

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Information from: Vincennes Sun-Commercial, http://www.vincennes.com

 

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