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Ohio grants help communities remove hazardous ash trees

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Federal grant funds are available to assist northwest Ohio communities in removing hazardous ash trees along public rights-of-way and replacing lost tree canopy cover. The Ohio DNR said two-year effort will help restore tree canopy safety and watershed health within the Western Lake Erie Basin affected by the emerald ash borer.

Funding totaling $380,000 will help northwest Ohio communities address the damage caused by the non-native emerald ash borer as it continues its destructive march across the region. The loss of ash trees in northwest Ohio is not only environmentally and economically damaging, but dead and dying trees pose a safety hazard to anyone living or traveling on ash tree-lined streets.

Counties with communities eligible for the funds include Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot. Eligible communities may contact Drew Todd, Division of Forestry, at (614)265-6707 for more information.

Ohio grows more acres of trees than corn and soybeans combined. To learn more about best practices for dealing with emerald ash borer impacted trees, visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at ohiodnr.com/forestry.

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