By ABRAHAM FEIGENBAUM/Montana State News
On Wednesday night a town hall meeting addressed the outbreak of the emerald ash borer, a green tree-eating beetle that is slowly making its way across the country, approaching Montana.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the nearest signs of emerald ash borer to Bozeman are present in northern Colorado, while the bulk of the outbreak of beetles is in the Midwest.
Scott Makoutz, owner of Gallatin Tree Care and member of the Bozeman Tree Board, delivered a presentation on the impending threats to Bozeman’s urban forest, while outlining his plan to hire a full-time urban forester who would spearhead a community powered tree-planting campaign.
According to Makoutz, it is necessary to begin diversifying our trees now before the disease gets here. Diversifying the tree population in the Bozeman area, where Ash trees are very popular, is the best way to defend against the little, green tree-killing beetles. Continue reading “City scrambles to head off tree-killing beetle”