Thousands of trees may get the ax as bug infestation moves toward Green Country

Thousands of trees could be getting the ax because of a bug infestation. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – Thousands of trees could be getting the ax because of a bug infestation.

A bug called the Emerald Ash Borer continues to destroy ash trees around the country and city leaders think they are on their way here.

“You can look at news reports and you can see where the Emerald Ash Borer has hit across the country as it’s moved slowly across the United States," said Anna America, a city council chair and member of the Emerald Ash Borer Working Group in Tulsa. “It’s really decimated the ash trees in those communities.”

She said so far the bugs have hit Gore. It could be a year before they move to Green Country.

There are around 200,000 ash trees in Tulsa.

City officials said they will continue to inspect the trees and are preparing a report to give to the mayor. He will then have to sign off on the plan to decide what to do with each tree.

America said some must be cut down but others they will try to treat and save.

“If you have a tree that isn’t in a great location or isn’t super healthy to start with, it probably makes more sense, in the long run, to cut down that tree, plant something more sustainable,” she said.

She said it will be a couple years before the trees start to die from the infestation but they are going to try to do as much as they can now.

If you have ash trees in your yard, the city is working to get out more information on how you should handle the situation.

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