Insects and drought are affecting Grand Junction’s tree canopy

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — You may have heard the buzz around town.

Grand Junction Forestry crews have begun treating and removing public trees around the city.

Ken Sherbenou with Grand Junction Parks and Rec says, “this year we have been faced with more threats than we faced in recent history from pressure from drought as well as pressure from pests.”

These concerns have prompted tree injections, trunk spray, and the removal of infested ash trees.

The urban tree canopy which covers 4,650 acres or 11% of the community is in danger.

Another threat to the city’s tree growth could only make the situation worse.

Sherbenou added, “yesterday the town of Erie recently discovered a pest called EAB, the Emerald Ash Borer and that was discovered in Erie and it’s making its way to the Western Slope and when it arrives  here the pressure that we’re seeing in the decline and death we’re seeing in our ash trees inventory is only going to accelerate.”

Various sources of revenue are helping fund this project by the Parks and Rec Forestry Division.

According to Sherbenou, this project is funded by, “sales tax dollars definitely funds Parks and Rec, as well as revenue from frees and the Colorado lottery. Actually, recently the voters approved revenue from marijuana sales when that comes to our community, the bulk of those revenues will come to park and recreation.”

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