You may have noticed the dying/dead Ash trees throughout the City and within Old Farm Lakes. Ash trees throughout the county have been infected with an Emerald Ash Borer worm. The effect on the trees can be slowed with chemical treatment, but the infected Ash trees will eventually die.
Most of the Ash trees are on the City of Bloomington parkways. It is very likely that the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Bloomington planted the trees and the Forestry Division of the Parks and Recreation Department will remove the dead or dying trees (at no cost to the property owner). The Forestry Division is actively surveying the Ash trees on City property and removing infested trees on a hazard first basis. They also may replace the removed trees with an alternate species provided ample space is available.
If you want to check on having your tree(s) removed and it’s on the City parkway, you can call the Forestry Division of the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department at 309-434-2260.
Note: If the dead or dying tree is not on the City parkway but located in your yard, you will need to arrange and pay for the removal of the tree. If you plan to remove a tree on your property, you should submit a plan to the homeowner’s association Architectural Review Committee prior to doing so.