Two Ash Tree Removal Projects Announced
West Windsor will begin removing ash trees damaged and in decline due to infestations of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) along Canal Pointe Boulevard beginning in March. This is the first large scale removal of such trees within the Township. The work will be performed by a Contractor as part of the Canal Pointe Boulevard Reconstruction project. Over the course of the summer the Township will be developing the plan for replacement with non-host trees to be planted along this corridor Fall of 2017.
The Township staff and dedicated Shade Tree Commission members have assembled extensive information about the situation, as well as developed a program for treatment, removal and replacement of these trees on Township streets. They have also developed the Adopt An Ash - West Windsor (AAA-WW) program. All information can be found on the Township’s webpage (link to http://www.westwindsornj.org/EAB/index.html).
The NJ Forest Service announces their contractors will begin removing ash trees along the towpath in the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, a portion of which runs through West Windsor. Contractors will cut the affected ash trees and leave the logs on site and chip the tree tops. They will only remove ash trees that have a DBH greater than five inches and are within 15 feet of the towpath. While the trees are actively being removed, sections of the towpath may be closed at times.
Contractors will begin management in the northern section of the main canal by South Bound Brook and Franklin Township. We anticipate the closures to be during weekdays until late March. Removals will resume in October and run through March of the following year, and may occur yearly until the work is completed. Please visit www.manageforests.nj.gov for updates on this project, including the current location of the management work along the towpath.