At the Conservation Advisory Council's first meeting of the year on Tuesday, CAC member Holly Gardner reported on the efforts to protect the twenty-three ash trees that are street trees in Hudson--all but two of which are located along North Front Street--from the threat of the emerald ash borer.
Gardner reported that Erin Brady, who is part of the Forest Pest Outreach Program at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, advised taking precautionary measures whether or not there is evidence of current ash borer activity in our trees because there are so many ash borer outbreaks around Hudson. Gardner will be meeting with an arborist tomorrow morning who will assess the trees and provide an estimate for treatment. The CAC will also be getting a second and a third opinion.
What's being proposed is an approach to the threat called "the 33 percent solution"--treating a third of the trees each year for three years. Gardner is also participating in a group that it is trying to get funding for municipalities to treat their ash trees.
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