The Village of Riverside has lost a significant amount of elm trees to this disease. The Forestry Department has developed a sanitation program to help combat the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. Sanitation of infected plant material also helps to reduce the amount of breeding sites for elm bark beetles to vector the fungus to both public and private trees. Prompt removal of infected trees are a critical component to the management of DED.
Each year, forestry staff conducts a survey of public and private trees. Infected trees are removed to prevent the spread of the disease to healthy elm trees.
Property Owners Responsibilities
While the Village will remove trees on the parkway or within the setback, property owners are responsible for removing diseased trees from their private property within a requested time period of notification. (Municipal Code 8-5-6)