Ash tree removal changes golf course forever
BY ERIKA WURST email@example.com October 3, 2013 8:34PM
Landscaping crews worked Thursday morning taking down trees at Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora. More than 100 ash trees are expected to be removed from the course as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. | Erika Wurst~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:25AM
More than 100 trees are scheduled to come down over the next few weeks at Phillips Park Golf Course, changing the landscape of the holes forever.
On Monday, landscaping crews began work taking down dead and infected ash trees. That work will continue Friday.
“We are not looking forward to it,” said Dan Anderson, Superintendent of Aurora City Parks and Recreation. Anderson said that 98 percent of the trees tagged for removal are ash trees, commonly infected by the Emerald Ash Borers.
“Luckily, we have been planting new trees for many years throughout the course,” he said. This, will lessen the impact of the ash tree removal. Anderson said the course has 40 trees in its nursery, and is expecting 40 more in the near future. Many of these trees will be planted on the course within the next year.
Still, Pro Shop manager Johnny Fisher said the course will never look the same.
“You will look out and see a different landscape,” he said. “Even if we replant seedlings, it won’t be in our lifetime that we get to enjoy them (like some of the older trees being torn down).”