Chemistry is fighting back against the emerald ash borer. The green beetle has been destroying trees for years, but an inexpensive chemical cure is now available. State Sen. Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) is sponsoring a bill giving loans to municipalities to pay for the treatment.
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Frerichs says the bill allows “treatment methods to be used to protect and prevent further damage to ash and elm trees from invasive species,” Frerichs said. Jeff Dixon, a spokesman for Aborjet, says there are things people don’t think about when removing a tree. “You lose having the beauty of the tree, the savings in the heating and cooling bills,” Dixon said.S.B. 1589 has passed the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee.