Montpelier takes aim at emerald ash borer

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) The city of Montpelier says it will need to spend $750,000 over the next 10 years to fight the emerald ash borer.

Right now, city officials are working on an emergency plan after the invasive insect was found in the capital city earlier this year.

The plan includes chemically treating 15 ash trees in the downtown before eventually replacing them. Another 800 trees would be cut down, with new trees planted in their place.

The city would also add tree management equipment and staff. And officials say the city's 4,000 ash trees will be drastically reduced over the next decade.

"In 10 years, if things go as they do in other states, probably 60 or 70," said Geoff Beyer, the Montpelier parks director and tree warden. "The role trees play in the environment to control stormwater, beauty, shade and it's really important."

The City Council is waiting for a finalized plan before voting on it.