Hammond Parks Fighting Emerald Ash Borer
June 3, 2014—Like many other municipalities and local residents, the Hammond Parks Department is coping with the loss of trees due to emerald ash borer infestation.
Officials from the parks department announced this week that the city is working to remove and replace trees destroyed by the infestation, particularly in the Pulaski Park area on the city’s south west side. The city has decided not to issue any picnic permits for Pulaski Park this summer in an effort to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer. All other Parks and Recreation programs, including city pools, are unaffected.
The emerald ash borer is a beetle native to Asia which feeds on ash trees, often destroying them in the process. According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana is home to 147 million ash trees. The emerald ash borer often lives in firewood, and can be spread when firewood is moved from one location to another. In order to stop the spread of the bug, most Indiana counties have been placed under a wood quarantine, which prohibits visitors from bringing outside firewood into parks and campgrounds.