Boulder County prepares multi-year plan to manage emerald ash borer beetle infestation


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BOULDER, Colorado — Boulder County officials have begun preparing a multi-year plan to manage the threat a beetle called the emerald ash borer poses to the health of ash trees on county-managed properties.

The Daily Camera of Boulder reports ( ) that the county's emerald ash borer coordinator Brett Stadsvold told county commissioners Tuesday that options include preemptively removing and replacing ash trees and replacing some or all of those removed with other species of trees.

Stadsvold says it could cost about $844,000 over eight years to remove the 1,500 trees from county-managed properties and to replace about 415 of those trees. Some trees would also be treated with pesticides.

Officials say the beetles have killed more than 50 million ash trees in more than 20 U.S. states since 2002.

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