2013 WLEB Ash Removal Grant Program
In 2013, federal grant funds were made available to assist northern Ohio communities in removing hazardous ash trees along public rights-of-way. Cities, villages, and townships within the 27-county Western Lake Erie Basin EAB Project area plus Cuyahoga County were eligible to submit proposals for consideration under this competition.
Ash-lined Woodmont Street in Toledo PRIOR to full EAB impact
The Ohio Division of Forestry developed a grant program to help communities remove hazardous ash trees along public rights-of-way within the target area.
Woodmont Street in Toledo AFTER EAB
Environmental Outcome: Maintained and functional urban forests will provide communities with clean air and water, increase property values, reduce erosion and stormwater runoff, create wildlife habitat, moderate urban climate, and lessen energy demands for heating and cooling.
Economic Outcome: The arboriculture industry will need to service the tree removal requests. Preemptively reducing a community’s ash population will greatly lessen the economic burden that is an inevitable consequence of a full EAB infestation.
Safety Outcome: The removal of EAB infested and soon to be infested ash will lessen the safety hazards posed by dead and dying ash trees.
2010/2011 Ash Removal & Replacement Grant Program Review
The 23 successful applicants in Round One of this grant program removed 2,240 ash trees and installed 1,518 replacement trees.
The 12 successful applicants in Round Two removed 1,543 ash trees while installing 682 non-EAB-host trees.