The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Union County

November 20, 2013

Lewisburg reopens recreation park on St. Mary Street

LEWISBURG — The Lewisburg Area Recreation Park on St. Mary Street is back open for business and fun after its closure nearly a month ago when the emerald ash borer was found in several trees.
The park reopened about two weeks ago, in fact, said Borough Councilman Trey Casimir, who also is a member of the local Shade Tree Commission.
The emerald ash borer doesn’t threaten human or animal health, but presents a safety hazard as infected ash tree branches die and fall abruptly, said Katie Davis, executive director of the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority. 
The park was shut down Oct. 19 when the insect was found in several trees at the park. Local arborists, concerned for the safety of park users, contacted the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority. 
The shade tree commission had planned to remove three dead trees at the time, Casimir said, working closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on an ash tree “attack plan” when the park was closed to the public. 
Casimir noted that the Lewisburg area is one of just 10 in Pennsylvania involved with ash borer planning process. 
A first draft of a tree plan was received recently, and the commission expects tree removal will be done by the end of January.

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