The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department is expanding its work against the emerald ash borer infestation by inventorying city trees and helping educate the public about the plague.
The emerald ash borer has been devastating ash trees since it was introduced in the Detroit area from Asia in 2002. The bug since has spread to Indiana and locally has been verified in Brown, Shelby and Johnson counties, according to Purdue University. In some areas of northern Indiana the plague has wiped out 60 percent of the tree canopy.
Columbus residents will be able to learn more about the spread and impact of the emerald ash borer and the costs to residents during an informational meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Donner Center.
Read more details in Wednesday's edition of The Republic.