State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is proposing legislation to help ease the destructive path of the emerald ash borer.
The two-part proposal would help property owners stuck with costly tree-removal costs – providing a 50 percent tax credit capped at $300 per tree for the removal of trees damaged by the ash borers.
The other legislation would promote progressive tree-planting policies among municipalities, implementing a rule to promote biodiversity and head off widespread damage calused prebviously by the ash borer, Japanese beetles and Dutch elm disease. “This legislation will provide relief to these property owners and will also encourage the removal of infested trees – hopefully slowing the spread of this insect,” Kennedy said. “On top of that, we are looking to the future to prevent future calamities.”