Extension professionals are continuing to receive questions about assistance availability for the removal of dead and dying ash trees. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry, has issued a last chance for residents to get help with removing ash trees from their properties. Deadline to apply for this assistance is November 30, 2012 and the program has been expanded to include Sandusky, Ottawa, Huron and Lorain counties in addition to Erie, Wood, and Lucas counties.
The program will pay up to 40% of the cost of removing two trees per private property owner, and there is no income requirement. However, one of the requirements is that the homeowner must provide copies of three estimates of the tree removal costs from companies that employ ISA certified arborists. Original copies are not required. A list of these arborists is provided with the application form.
Before tree removal takes place, approval of applications and all completed requirements must be received. Past recipients who had had only one tree removed may apply for a second tree to be removed. Applications are available at any public library; all township, village and city offices; county offices of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts; and the Ohio State University Extension offices. They are also online to download at the WSOS website.
Applications will be accepted if they are postmarked, faxed, or emailed by November 30. Funded by ODNR, Division of Forestry, and operated by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc., this program provides assistance to help stem the widespread infestation of the ash trees in Northwest Ohio. It was developed through the efforts of US Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, and named the Western Lake Erie Basin Residential Ash Tree Removal Program.
More information and applications are available by calling Cindy Brookes at 419-334-5016, or by visiting http://www.wsos.org .