Small insect causes major damage despite best efforts to stem infestation

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GREENFIELD — The emerald ash borer has arrived in Riley Park with a death threat – if not a death sentence – to dozens of mature trees that canopy the city’s staple family park.

The tiny green insect was first reported in Hancock County in 2011, but this is the first time it’s been found in Greenfield’s main park, where more than half of the trees are mature ashes that will likely have to be chopped down in the next few years.

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