Bloomington Eliminating Trees Victimized by Drought, Insects

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Chainsaws are buzzing around Bloomington this summer as crews cut down trees ravaged by drought and insects.

Bloomington urban forester Lee Huss tells The Herald-Times ( ) that crews have already chopped down about 170 trees so far this year, compared with 150 before Nov. 1 of last year. And there are more to be cut down.

Maples and tulip trees are the most common victims, both hit by drought, and tulip trees also taking a hit from an infestation of insects.

The city’s ash trees are threatened by the voracious emerald ash borer. The city is reducing its 800 ashes trees to 400 in an effort to hed off the damaging insect.