Well, it was inevitable. The emerald ash borer finally hit North Riverside in 2014. The days of the ash tree not just in the Landmark area, but in all of northern Illinois are certainly numbered.

North Riverside held off infestation for several years through the use of chemical treatments of ash trees and hopes to buy more time by treating ashes that are still healthy. But it’s only a matter of time. Ash trees are history.

Now it’s time to work on re-forestation with a varied list of species to help prevent large-scale removals in the future.