Ash borer claiming up to 200 trees in Clayton parks

Up to 130 trees are being removed from Westbrook Park in Clayton, the latest Montgomery County government to cope with emerald ash borer threats.

Clayton’s $8,500 contract with Jerry’s Tree Service calls for up to 200 trees total among three city parks to be removed. The emerald ash borer beetle has threatened ash trees across Ohio for several years.

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Disc golf, the main attraction at Westbrook Park, benefits from the removal of dead trees, Clayton Director of Development Jack Kuntz said, and the project will improve safety for visitors in the parks by removing potential hazards.

The city plans to plant new trees and update the landscaping in all the city owned parks after the dead trees are removed.

For now, though, Clayton’s Westbrook Park is closed and has tree limbs, stumps and brush all over the park.

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The work is the continuation of an effort the city is making to improve the park system and offer residents additional outdoor lifestyle opportunities.

For more information regarding the tree removal efforts, contact Kuntz or the Park Advisory Board at (937) 836-3500.

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