Ohio Department of Natural Resources Helps with Ash Tree Removal

Posted on June 27, 2013

Federal grant funds are available to assist northern Ohio communities in removing hazardous ash trees along public rights-of-way, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

"Grant funding totaling $300,000 will help northern Ohio communities address the damage caused by the non-native emerald ash borer as it continues to impact the region," said Robert Boyles, state forester and chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. "The loss of ash trees in northern 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."

Since the emerald ash borer was first discovered in northwest Ohio in 2003, millions of ash trees have been killed by this  insect, which can claim the life of a mature tree in as little as one year.

Many Ohio communities are now confronted with the expense of ash tree removal and replacement.

Communities in the following counties are eligible to apply: Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Cuyahoga, 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.

To request an application or access ash removal grant instructions, contact the ODNR Division of Forestry at (614) 670-2653, visit www.ohiodnr.com/tabid/22104/Default.aspx or e-mail wendi.vanburen@dnr.state.oh.us

Applications must be submitted electronically by the close of business on Monday, July 29.

The ODNR Division of Forestry promotes the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio's woodlands.

To learn more about dealing with emerald ash borer impacted trees, Ohio's woodlands, forest health or tree care visit the Division of Forestry's website at www.ohiodnr.gov/forestry.

The department ensures a balance between wise use and protection of  natural resources for the benefit of all.