IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. -- More than 40 trees along Kings Highway in Irondequoit, all infested with Emerald Ash borer, were taken down by the town to the dismay and resignation of neighbors.
Town Supervisor Dave Seeley says there just isn't time or money for alternative methods to deal with the problem. The town has identified dozens and dozens of sick trees, and is chopping them down for safety and to contain the invasive species.
"You do it with a heavy heart because these trees are beautiful and that's why the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer is tragic really in so many sense," said Seeley. "You never want to see them go but we always make an effort to replant them when they come down."
A stump grinder will do away with the stumps and roots, as every trace of the tree must go. Since it's a county road, it's up to the county to determine what if any trees will replace those fallen.