Infested Ash Trees Almost Completely Gone from Oak Forest

The Ash tree population in Oak Forest is down to a mere 100 trees—and Oak Forest Public Works expects to have those removed by spring. But what next?

Where have all the ash trees gone? They've nearly all been removed from Oak Forest city limits, in an effort to offset the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer. 

The Oak Forest Public Works Department is down to 100 trees due for removal, and they hope to finish by April 1, City Administration Troy Ishler said during a Feb. 12 city council meeting. The remaining trees are mostly in the Bramblewood and Westview subdivisions. 

City officials hope to replace ash trees that have been removed within a year. However, the replacement will depend on available funding. The city is currently pursuing grant opportunities to fund the replacement. A recent donation of $25,000 could help the city with its replanting wishlist. 

In early 2012, the Oak Forest Public Works Department The trees were marked with pink dots and are scheduled to be removed in the next year. The city is removing dead and dying ash trees from the parkways in order to manage its urban forest. If your tree is marked with a pink dot, please remove any plantings, edging or landscape blocks that surround the tree.

Residents seeking to replant are asked to contact Public Works for information on what types of trees to plant, and where. 

For more information about the Emerald Ash Borer, please click here.  For more information about the tree removal process, please call Public Works at 708-535-4090, or visit the City's website.

Brian February 14, 2013 at 12:34 AM
I heard something back in the fall, where Public Works planted some trees in the Gingerwood subdivision. I can only consider it third party info, but would appreciate it if your would pose this question to our public works department. "Since the removal of ash trees in Oak Forest, has public works planted any trees paid for with city funds?"
Richard Simon February 14, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Yes, the city as supplied some trees, ad some were from grant money..
Brian February 14, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Rich or others, Do you know what the determining factors were for the priority of replacement trees? Are people who contacted public works about replacement trees on a waiting list for replacements? Is there any established time-frame for these replacements, short of the 50/50 plan being proposed by Ishler?
Richard Simon February 15, 2013 at 02:59 AM
There is no priority, or waiting list. We are doing a neigborhood at a time as money allows. As people call in for the 50-50 split there may be a waiting list, depends how many call. If you want to purchase your own tree, the city will give you $125.00 for planting, If you want the city to provide the tree you will have to plant, otherwise you can wait for the city to get to your neighborhood. As of this time we are looking at a 3 to 5 year program. It depends on the response to the 50/50 split.
Brian February 15, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Thanks for the detailed answers Rich, truly appreciated.


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