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Emerald Ash Borer affects Prospect Boulevard

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There's a fight against mother nature and an eastern Iowa neighborhood, as people work to remove the Emerald Ash Borer from their trees.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic beetle that feeds on ash trees, and it eventually kills the tree.

Waterloo volunteers are tagging the affected trees that need to be cut down later this year.

Prospect Boulevard is lined with big beautiful trees, and neighbors are trying to imagine what it will like like when many of them are cleared.

It's a growing problem across the Midwest.

At last check, 2,500 ash trees have already been cleared in Waterloo, and nearly 2,100 more trees are set to be cleared.

It has many neighbors and city leaders upset.

"I've been here many a year, and you just feel like you're in a park. Well, you're really in a park. It's a long linear park. It's just a gorgeous neighborhood. I think it's the premier visual neighborhood in town," Councilman Tom Lind said.

Councilman Lind and a group of volunteers are marking affected trees with yellow ribbon to let people know they're coming down, and several neighbors say they're sad about the news.

"So, we met with the landscaping company to see if we could save the trees. Unfortunately, he said it was too far gone, and we were probably going to have to let it go," Marcea Seible said.

More than 80 trees, including a couple in Marcea's yard are currently marked, and neighbors say they plan to raise money to plant new trees once the ash trees are cleared later in the year.

"This neighborhood is great. The people come together, and we really want to keep it beautiful, keep it looking nice, and keep the boulevard a pleasant place where people like to drive through, but also people like to live here as well. It's been really nice to come together with our neighbors to see what we can we do," Marcea said.

Councilman Lind says he plans to hold a meeting in the next couple weeks at Byrnes Park Club House to discuss the timeline and a fundraiser.

According to city leaders, people have the option to treat ash trees, but the material is costly, it needs to be applied several times, and it doesn't ensure the tree won't die.

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