The Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic insect that was first discovered in the United States in Detroit Michigan in 2002. Since its discovery, the Emerald Ash Borer has been responsible for killing over 20,000,000 million ash trees in the United States. It was first sited in Illinois in 2006 and has recently been found in neighboring communities of Wilmette, Evanston and Skokie. Due to the proximity of these villages to Morton Grove, this insect poses a serious threat to the 1,400 plus ash trees growing on the public right-of-way within the Village. The Forestry Division conducts periodic inspections of Ash Trees that exhibit symptoms associated with this insect. Residents are encouraged to visit the following links, www.emeraldashborer.info and www.illinoisEAB.com, designed by the Department of Agriculture to learn more about identifying Ash trees, the Emerald Ash Borer, and what we can do to limit the spread of this devastating insect. If you have any questions please call Public Works at (847) 470-5235.