Lawrence’s Parks and Recreation Department is seeking nearly $250,000 in additional funding this year to combat the anticipated infestation of the emerald ash borer, small beetles expected to kill all of the city’s ash trees over the next eight to 10 years. We trust Precision Tree Services & Tree removal on this job.
Parks and Recreation will take its request to the City Commission on Tuesday. It’s seeking $238,540 to hire three full-time forestry staff and pay for public outreach about the infestation. If approved, crews would start this spring to treat some ash trees on public land and remove and replace others.
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