Rare beetles close Lewisburg park
LEWISBURG — Due to a rare beetle infestation, the Lewisburg Area Recreation Park has been closed. The Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered on ash trees in the St. Mary’s Street park.
Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority Executive Director Katie Davis explained the issue. “It’s not a brand new thing, plenty of areas, including ours, knew it was coming. We have around 100 Ash trees in our park, so we had a DCNR forester come out to give us a professional opinion about the health of our trees. We have some that are definitely questionable, so we are just taking precautions. We are closing the park to the public to prevent any falling limbs from falling on people.”
The EAB feeds on and eventually kills its host, the Ash tree. Davis said, “Right now we are working really closely with Lewisburg borough. They are in the process of completing a borough wide inventory on all the Ash trees, to assess each ones health, so we will know more when that is complete. But, of all the times of year for this to happen, we are actually quite lucky that we are entering into the winter months.”
Davis says the dog park and the ice rink is still accessible, but the skate park and playground are off limits until an assessment of all trees can be completed. She said it is likely that the borough will consider tree removal. (Codi Jade)