Why can’t I choose the same tree as all of my neighbors?
Diversity in the urban forest is important in providing for its future success. As the Village learned with Dutch elm disease and is now learning with EAB, the planting of a single species in mass quantities is a poor urban forestry practice. Once a species becomes susceptible to a new insect or disease, the community suffers unnecessary and substantial losses of the environmental, monetary, and aesthetic benefits these trees provide. The Village therefore strives to provide adequate diversity when choosing the plants to offer for replanting. These trees are typically not the standard trees you may see on the street or at your neighbor’s home. This is a purposeful decision. Usually the trees you are most familiar with are the ones that are over-planted community wide. Adding more trees to their numbers will only cause the Village to be more vulnerable to the same issues the Village is currently facing. Trees offered in the program have fewer total numbers throughout the community, and only a certain number of each tree species are available for planting each season, which provides for greater community species diversity and promotes forest durability.

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1. What is EAB?
2. Why is this the first time I am hearing about this?
3. Where is EAB?
4. What are the treatment options?
5. Is the Village treating ash trees for EAB?
6. Should I treat my parkway tree or privately owned ash trees?
7. The parkway tree looks so healthy, how do you know it is infested?
8. Does this insect harm any other trees?
9. How many Village ash trees are there?
10. Will the Village contact me before removing my infested parkway tree(s)?
11. Will the Village inspect privately owned trees?
12. Why does an infected ash tree need to be removed; can we wait until the tree is dead?
13. If you identify an infected ash tree on my parkway, will you remove all of the ash trees on my parkway?
14. Will the Village remove the stump once the tree is removed?
15. Why do the plants, edgin, and landscape bricks need to be removed prior to stump removal?
16. Will the Village remove plants, edging, and landscape brick prior to stump grinding?
17. Will the Village replace the trees that are removed from the parkway?
18. How long do I have to wait for a replacement tree?
19. What will be the size of the replacement tree?
20. Can I plant my own tree?
21. Will the Village reimburse me if I plant my own tree?
22. Can I choose what type of tree will be installed?
23. Why can’t I choose the same tree as all of my neighbors?
24. This is the first I am hearing of EAB; why am I so far down on the replacement list?
25. Is this going to cost me anything?