The Rolling Green Neighborhood
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Rockford Police Department's Lt. Patrick Hoey said "the M.O. of these criminals is to knock on the door first to see if anyone is home. It's very important in the evening that you keep house well lit."
voiced concerns about cars speeding down
Rockford Street Superintendent and City Forester Mark Stockman said "the ash borer takes no prisoners."
There are 8,000 Ash trees on city parkways, 7,000 Ash trees will eventually be removed because of the insect. That number does not including private residences.
Stockman advised "if they see more than forty-percent loss of the canopy of the tree, they need to consider removal."
The City's Public Works Department is advising residents to seek the help of a professional landscaping company licensed to apply pesticides to affected ash trees.
All residents are encouraged to attend the neighborhood network meetings throughout the city and voice their concerns.