Kirkwood Fights to Save Trees From Destructive Beetle
Kirkwood is taking steps to save its ash trees before an invasive pest lands in the Greentree City.
To protect against an exotic beetle that likely would destroy Kirkwood’s ash tree population, the Greentree City will remove all ash trees in the city’s right-of-way.
The pest is the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) who was discovered in Southeast Missouri in 2008 and then in two other Missouri counties in 2012. The city predicts it’s only a matter of time before the EAB lands in Kirkwood.
To prevent this, Kirkwood will perform a survey of all its ash trees within the city’s right-of-way in June and then begin to systematically remove the trees over a 6 to 8-year period.