The Forestry Department investigates reports of infestations such as Dutch Elm Disease, Asian Longhorn Beetle, and Emerald Ash Borer. If a tree is sick or dying, it is recommended to have it cut down before it dies, as the cost and danger of removing a large dead tree are much greater than the removal of a live one.
Residents can email Public Works or call 216-491-1490 for a forester to inspect trees on public/private property to determine the proper course of action.
Emerald Ash Borer (PDF) (EAB) Management Plan December 2006 was implemented over a 5 year period. In 2011 additional money was obtained through a matching grant from ODNR for removal of remaining ash trees on public property.
Dutch Elm Disease results from beetles carrying a fungus that goes through the water-conducting tissue of the American Elm tree. The first sign of the disease is when the leaves begin to turn yellow. Per City ordinance (747.06), property owners are responsible for removing trees infested with Dutch Elm Disease.