ASETS researchers are cooperating with researchers from Michigan Technological University and federal and state land managers on a project targeting the regional mitigation of EAB.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has secured more than $1 million dollars in federal funding for competitive grant program targeting the 58 communities effected by the EAB infestation in Illinois. Below are a couple of quotes from the official press release from the office of Sen. Durbin:
[CHICAGO, IL] – Municipalities across Chicagoland will receive much needed federal assistance to manage and recover from the emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today. More than $1 million in federal funding is being distributed to fifty-eight communities in Illinois through a competitive grant program spearheaded by the Morton Arboretum and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC). The funding was made available through the US Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and a Durbin-authored provision in the 2008 Farm Bill.
“The Emerald Ash Borer infestation crosses multiple city boundaries, meaning solutions should be addressed on a regional basis. This funding is crucial to preserving the quality of life in our region by helping local governments replace infested trees and restore diminished tree canopy.