Addressing the Municipal Economic and Fiscal Consequences of the Emerald Ash Borer Infestation
The emerald ash borer is devastating the ash tree population in the United States and Canada. Municipalities are stepping up to the challenge using an arsenal of responses, ranging from treatment, removal and replacement of infested trees, to removal and replacement of all ash trees regardless of their condition. Each choice has significant fiscal and economic implications. The Institute for Work and the Economy was invited by businesses engaged in treatment to provide an independent analysis of these implications so that municipalities may be better equipped to make choices that are suitable to their circumstances. The track record is clear thus far. There is no "right" or "wrong" approach, since the decision made by a community will be conditioned on such factors as the age and size of the ash tree population, the extent of infestation, the operating and capital budgets of the community, and public opinion. Our analysis is intended to be a valuable resource for framing choices in terms of their fiscal and economic effects.
On March 7, the Institute will also be co-hosting a conference on the challenge of the emerald ash borer with the Regional Development Institute at Northern Illinois University. Details and registration information for the conference may be found in the calendar section of this website.
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