Chicago Neighborhood Makes a Stand to Save Ash Trees

Residents of Ravenswood Manor, the northside Chicago home of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and ex-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, are putting up a line of defense of the community’s ash trees against the deadly emerald ash borer.

The Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association (RMIA) is leading the charge to collect enough money to inoculate approximately 90 ash trees located on parkways with a treatment to prevent EAB infestation. The RMIA is taking it upon itself to save the trees because the city discontinued treating ash trees in 2018.

According to the RMIA’s Save Our Ashes! web page dedicated to the ash tree cause, “Some residents may also have ash trees on their private property. Most of our parkway ash trees are still strong and healthy but are in desperate need of protection. We can obtain volume discount pricing of 30-40% on inoculations for the whole neighborhood. An average sized tree will be costs approximately $150 to protect for three years.”

WTTW interviewed Lorin Liberson, an RMIA resident actively involved in the save the ash trees crusade.

“We have probably the largest ash tree in the neighborhood, it’s a monster,”  Liberson told WTTW.  “This tree is the house.” She added that RMIA residents had been “very generous” in their financial support.