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Ash borer infestation to claim 105 Fort Wayne trees

Because of the emerald ash borer infestation, 105 ash trees along East Washington Boulevard will be cut down July 26 and 27, the city of Fort Wayne said today.

Hardwood shade trees will be planted this fall to replace the trees removed between Edsall Avenue and Anthony Boulevard, the city said in a statement.

"Replacement of these trees on one of our gateways is critical to the overall image of our community and will add value for residents," said Chad Tinkel, city arborist and manager of forestry operations, in a statement.

The emerald ash borer arrived in Indiana in 2004, the statement said. Although the adult beetles cause little damage, it said, their larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients.