Massena Electric Department cutting more than 800 ash trees as invasive emerald ash borer arrives in county
Monday, December 25, 2017 - 5:19 pm

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- The Massena Electric Department is in the process of cutting down more than 800 ash trees that are near their power lines.

They are being cut because the invasive emerald ash borer beetle has been found in Akwesasne, and they want to cut the trees down because it will be expensive if they get infected.

“I’m sure people are saying ‘why are they cutting down those good trees?’’ they won’t be good much longer,” Town Supervisor Joe Gray said.

They are being cut, delimbed, and left in place, officials said at Wednesday’s town board meeting.

The areas where the trees are coming down include Haverstock Road, county Route 45, Rooseveltown, South Raquette Road and other nearby areas.