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Official Hopes to Save Park’s Trees from Ash Borer

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – Crews have cut down more than a dozen trees in a park near Terre Haute that have been infected by the emerald ash borer.

Vigo County parks officials have chemically treated 125 ash trees in Fowler Park in hopes of saving them from damage by the invasive beetle that's killed many thousands for trees in several states.

Assistant park superintendent Adam Grossman tells the Tribune-Star ( ) he spotted the infestation last week and had several of the ash trees in the park's camping area cut down.

Grossman says the chemical treatment of nearly half the park's ash trees cost about $5,000 and was all the department could afford. He says the ash borer has already infested trees on the Indiana State University campus and other spots around Terre Haute.

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