Crooks Preparing For Emerald Ash Borer


It’s been just over a week since we learned emerald ash borer was found in Sioux Falls. 

Since then, we’ve looked into what this means for ash trees in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City.

Now, we’re looking at what it means for a small town near Sioux Falls. 

The ash tree in AmberRose Ross’ yard has roots traveling all the way back to her childhood. 

“We’ve had it since I was about six or seven years old. Got it as a young tree and it’s been growing since,” AmberRose Ross said. 

Now, she wants to make sure the emerald ash borer doesn’t sprout into trouble for the tree she grew up with. 

That’s why her family plans to treat it. 

Meanwhile, the City of Crooks is developing its own game plan for the ash trees in its care. 

City Director of Operations Chad Rezac says he turned to a tree contractor for advice. 

“Basically, the biggest thing he said right now is, ‘Don’t panic,” Director of Operations Chad Rezac said. 

The next thing to consider: treatment. 

“I’ve already reached out to my mayor and council member that we’re going to have to budget in money and we’ll do a treatment program on the trees,” Rezac said. 

Rezac says treatment will likely begin next year. 

“People don’t really think about it, but they’re actually a huge investment in a community, especially when you get large trees. They’re just not something you can replace easily,” Rezac said. 

The city mayor says they’ll continue to monitor the trees and treat them as necessary next year, depending on what the budget allows. 

They’ll also consider replacing some trees if they have to. 

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