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Ash Tree Removal / Replacement Program (ATRRP)
In 2013, the Village formalized its initial Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) efforts with the policy decision to remove and replace all parkway ash trees. The Village engaged two separate contractors.  GroundsKeeper Landscape Care, LLC was contracted to perform ash tree removal, stumping and parkway restoration, while Mid-America Tree & Landscape was contracted to implement the Village’s one-for-one ash tree replacement program.  In most cases, when an ash is removed, a replacement tree will be planted in its place. There may be some areas where a one-to-one replacement is not possible due to underground infrastructure, minimum parkway space and line-of-sight concerns. The Public Works Department in coordination with our tree removal/replacement contractors developed a plan to systematically remove and replace the Village’s 8,085 parkway ash trees.

The Board of Trustees condensed the ash tree removal program from an initial six (6) year program to a three (3) year program (2013, 2014, and 2015).  Under this new timeline, all parkway ash trees will be removed by the end of 2015.  Because of the planting season limitations (spring and fall), replacement tree installations will be completed by the end of 2016.

The Village is divided into 36 contractor tree removal areas and 13 staff tree removal areas [see ATRRP Map].  All areas were inspected by state certified village arborists and prioritized according to the number of “priority” ash trees found in each respective area.  Priority ash trees are those that fall into the fourth and most distressed category of ash trees (good, fair, poor, priority).

   Answers to Frequently asked Questions    

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--Of the 36 ATRRP areas, only 12 areas remain that require ash tree removal
--Of the 13 Ash Tree Areas (ATA) - (staff removals), only three (3) areas remain that require ash tree removal

The Village’s contractor has completed tree removals in program areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35. We have begun tree removals in area 23 and 24.

Areas bordered by the red outline have been completed.

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Village arborists will continue to evaluate our Village-wide ash tree inventory to identify the next sub area that will be scheduled for ash tree removals.  

Feel free to contact the Public Works Department with any questions or concerns at , or by phone at 708-403-6350 .

Suggestions for Residents
Our contractor and staff crews are working diligently to remove ash trees, complete stump removals and perform parkway grass restorations. Please be patient. In some cases, trees will be replanted well before the stumps can be removed. In other cases stump may be present for an extended amount of time. Patience is warranted during this massive tree removal program/initiative.  Stumps are grinded down 6 inches below the surface. The root system will remain making it impossible for the replacement tree to be planted in the exact same footprint as the previous tree.  In most cases, the former aesthetic look and spacing of the trees in the parkway will be disrupted and changed.  This change is just one of the many results of the destructive infestation of the EAB.  Please be courteous to our contractors as we continue to aggressively remove, replace and restore parkways in response to the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle infestation.

Information about EAB can be found at the following: