Toledo replanting after felling of ash trees

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Toledo is busy replanting its urban forest to make up for the loss of thousands of ash trees taken down because of a destructive beetle.

The city's parks and forestry department has planted 650 trees this spring along city streets and plans to plant more than 550 in the fall.

Department director Denny Garvin tells The Blade Friday (http://bit.ly/KuVY7A ) that a variety of trees are being planted to avoid another mass loss because of a disease or bug targeting the same kind of tree.

Trees being planted include maples, the American hornbeam, multiple flowering pear trees, redbud trees and varieties of oaks.

Each tree costs $200 to $250 to buy and plant.

The city felled about 8,000 ash trees because of the emerald ash borer.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/