WEST LAFAYETTE – A $10,000 state grant will help replace West Lafayette ash trees affected by emerald ash borer beetles.
About 100 ash trees will be replaced along Sagamore Parkway and subdivision roads. They will be replaced by trees that are less likely to be affected.
West Lafayette Tree Friends chair Lynn Layden said they have also contributed $10,000 towards replacing trees.
“This will make a good start. We have almost 1,000 street trees that are ash, so we’re going to be losing 10 to 12 percent of our street tree inventory,” said Layden.
The emerald ash borer is from Asia, but it was discovered in Indiana about 10 years ago. Since then, Layden said ash trees have not been sold within the state.