Fort Wayne's ash tree removal bill nears $3M

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The city of Fort Wayne's bill for removing ash trees being killed by an invasive beetle is reaching nearly $3 million.

The city Parks Board on Thursday approved a new $450,000 contract for the removal of almost 2,500 trees infected by the emerald ash borer. The Journal Gazette reports that when those trees are gone, nearly 13,000 trees will have been cut down from city property.

Parks Board president Richard Samek says it has been like waging war against the insects.

The $3 million price tag doesn't include the cost of replacing the lost trees.

The ash borer was first detected in Indiana in 2004 and has been found in all except the far southwestern counties of the state.

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