A two-block stretch of Eastern Parkway will be closed for several hours over the next few days. Louisville Metro Parks crews are removing four pin oak trees that are reportedly diseased and damaged. The department will close Eastern Parkway between Baxter and Quadrant avenues from 9 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Thursday. Traffic will… Continue reading Eastern Parkway to Close for Tree Removal
Louisville Metro Government will continue grinding Christmas trees into mulch next week.
Another wave of tree planting for Louisville’s Olmsted Parkways system is underway.
Kentucky officials are keeping an eye on the spread of the invasive emerald ash borer. This tiny pest has killed ash trees throughout the northeastern United States and was recently spotted in the Bluegrass state. University of Kentucky entomologist Lee Townsend says humans are inadvertently spreading the borer when they transport firewood.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry has completed its initial assessment of storm damage from the recent ice and wind storms, and private property owners could receive federal money for their damaged trees.
Nearly every tree in the park next to my apartment building snapped in half in the ice storm. But this is not as big of a deal as so many of the other losses people have faced, of course.
This week’s ice storm has snapped trees and scattered branches throughout the Commonwealth. It’s hard to tell yet what the outlook will be for Louisville’s parks and tree-lined streets.
Last week’s windstorm thrashed more than power lines. It tossed debris across city parks and took down hundreds of trees. Now, with new clearings and sunny spots, the parks are more vulnerable than ever to invasive species. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports.
Felled trees have also created new openings in previously shaded areas. Parks natural resources manager Bennett Knox says the priority, post-storm, will be making sure that no invasive species take root in the newly created sunny spots.
Researchers from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture are keeping a close eye on Northern Kentucky; they’re looking for the Emerald Ash Borer.